Five Martinsville City Public School’s students received awards and honors at various competitions recently for their writing and artwork.
Three Albert Harris Elementary students all earned awards in the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI), African American Museum and Cultural Center’s essay contest.
Ariyana Nowlin earned 1st place, Rache Waller earned 2nd place, and Sherman Dillard earned 3rd place.
Martinsville High School’s Brittany Hylton earned 3rd place in Eastman Performance Films, LLC’s first
Black History Month Oratorical Contest for high school students in Martinsville and Henry County. The goal was to inform both students and the public about important contributions made by African Americans. Students were required to submit an original essay about a notable African American contributor from Southwest Virginia.
Martinsville High School’s Mallory Gilley is getting her two drawings of a mason bee featured in the first edition of the “Paws, Plants and Pollinators” workbook. This workbook is being published by The Martinsville Garden Club and The Garden Study Club with the purpose of educating young people about plants and pollinators while advertising the Paw Path Pollinator Gardens located at the Smith River Sports Complex.
“We are very proud of Brittany’s placement at the Oratorical Contest sponsored by Eastman and for Ariyana Nowlin, Rache Waller, and Sherman Dillard for all placing in the FAHI essay contest,” said Superintendent Zeb Talley. “These awards reflect their hard work and energy. We want all of the students at MCPS to express themselves on historical and current relevant issues.”
“Mallory Gilly has created outstanding work. We are very proud of her creativity and vision. She has shown great insight and artistic ability. Our goal at MCPS is to support and display the great talents of our students,” Talley added.