African-American History Month Essay Contest Winners Announced in Gaithersburg

The City of Gaithersburg Multicultural Affairs and Educational Enrichment Committees announced on February 12 in a news release the winners of an essay contest for students. Participants from grades three through five were asked to write an essay about an African-American who inspires them.

Bohrer Park Activity Center Photo | City of Gaithersburg

Bohrer Park Activity Center
Photo | City of Gaithersburg

The first, second and third place winners were Nona Broussard-Afflalo, Samantha Halling and Natalie Webb, who are all fifth graders at Strawberry Knoll Elementary School. Broussard-Afflalo wrote her essay about local bus driver Fatima Borders, Halling shared her thoughts on Ruby Bridges and Webb was inspired by George Washington Carver. You can read all of the winning essays online.

All three winners will receive awards and read their essays at the African-American History Month celebration on Monday, February 22 starting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park which is located at 506 South Frederick Avenue. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, artists exhibits and musical selections.  You can make a reservation by sending an email to or by calling 301.258.6350 by February 17.


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Willie James Inman

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Willie James Inman is a Community Engagement Specialist and Multimedia Journalist at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach him on Twitter @imwilljames.


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