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As Deadline Looms, Fla. Students Encouraged To Enter Annual Black History Month Contests

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Black History Month may be in February, but Florida students have about a couple weeks left to submit their ideas for the Governor and his wife’s annual Black History Month art and essay contests. The winners will receive a college scholarship.

The contest is open to K-12 students. In a video, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott further outline the details.

“From elected officials to business owners to community leaders, Florida’s history is full of influential African Americans who have helped shape our state,” said Scott, during part of the video.

“We encourage students to participate in art and essay contests based on the theme: Recognizing the African American role in shaping Florida today,” continued Ann Scott.

They want participants to share how black Floridians have impacted the state’s history and culture. Three student winners will receive a Four-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

The deadline is January 20 by 5 p.m. For more information, visit Floridablackhistory.com.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.