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Urbandale High School Student Wins State-Wide Iowa Juneteenth Essay Contest

Congratulations to Urbandale High School student, Sydney Walljasper, for writing the winning essay in the state-wide Iowa Juneteenth Essay Contest. Sydney was recognized during the Iowa Juneteenth Community Builders Appreciation Banquet at Drake University on June 13, 2019.  The reception, dinner, and program recognized community members and winners of the state-wide essay content. The keynote speaker was Mr. Louis Carr, President of Media Sales at BET (Black Entertainment Television).

State-Wide Essay Contest Winners:
1st – Sydney Walljasper – Urbandale High School – Urbandale
2nd – Winni Aboyure – Central High School – Davenport
3rd – Callum Swanson – Central High School – Davenport

Community Members Recognition
Liberty Award – Helen Miller – Fort Dodge, Iowa
Mary McLeod Bethune Education Award – Mary Wells – Des Moines, Iowa
James Durham Health Award – Breanne Ward – Des Moines, Iowa
Jesse F. Taylor Advocacy Award – Donald Scarlett – Sioux City, Iowa
Gospel Award – Mary Clark – Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Citizen Award – Rhonda Cason – Des Moines, Iowa

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance has been in existence for 29 years, and was founded by Gary Lawson in 1990. On April 11, 2002, the Iowa Juneteenth holiday was made an official holiday.

Congratulations, Sydney! We are #proudofU!