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Area students in grades K - 12 are invited to enter the fourth annual Black History Poster/Collage/Essay Contest, sponsored by Meet Me at the Court and The Bailey Family.

Participants may submit posters, collages or essays that highlight a “Black History” figure — past, present or future — who has made an impact on their lives.

The contest is open to Union County students.

K - 12 students may draw and color a “Black History” person on a poster or create a collage.

Students in grades 6 - 12 are required to write an essay.

Essays must be at least 200 words and typed or written in blue or black ink. Essays written in pencil will not be accepted.

The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Entries may be delivered by hand to Veronica Bailey at 306 S. Newton Ave.; Brenda Stanley, first floor of Simmons First Bank, 100 W. Grove; or Peggy Johnson, Peggy’s Beauty Shop, 620 Nelson.

Because of the number of entries that were submitted last year — 82 —, Veronica Bailey, founder and chief executive officer of Meet Me at the Court, said the contest was expanded to include collages.

“We had a lot of kids to enter, and it was hard on the judges because it was all so good and interesting,” Bailey said.

She said judges were impressed with the work that students put into the submissions, adding that the contest allows children to tap into their imaginations and creativity.

“The essays and the artwork that were turned in were remarkable. These were sixth and seventh graders that really dug in and did some researching on a lot of things,” she said. “They did a lot of reading, and that’s what we encourage them to do. They found out a lot of good information.”

Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. Prizes include monetary gifts, gift cards and trophies.

Winners will be announced during the 2018 Black History Persons of the Year and Youth of the Year Dinner, which is set for 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Bailey said details about the dinner are forthcoming.

For more information, call Veronica Bailey at 870-310-0391, James Curley at 870-310-0745 or Theodore Bailey, 870-814-6396.

The winners will be at the Black history person of the and youth of the year banquet at St, Mary’s Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or by email at tlyons@

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