The Washington Health System Teen Outreach is proud to announce its 12th essay contest celebrating Black History.

1. Who is Eligible: 7th—12th grade students in Washington County Schools.
2. Contest Topic: The idea of a Black History Month is complicated. Our theme this year is Black Health and Wellness. Essays should discuss this theme or the importance of three things: Respect for black history all year, why there should not be a separate black history month, and what it means to be an ally. Students may write about any (or all) of those concepts or create another topic dealing with respect for black history. The key content should be student-driven.
3. Length of Essay: The essay must be between 500—750 words. Plagiarism (direct copy from another document) is not acceptable and will disqualify the entry.
4. Identification: Entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, clearly labeled with the author’s name, parent/guardian name, grade, school, home address, email, and contact phone number of the author.
5. Submission: Essays must be submitted electronically to
6. Deadline: Entries must be received no later than midnight on Friday, February 18th.
7. Prizes: One first place prize of a $100 gift card, one second place of a $50 gift card, and one Honorable Mention prize of a $25 gift card.
Winning first place essays will be printed in the Observer Reporter Newspaper.
9. Notification: Winners will be notified at the Common Ground Teen Center (92 N. Main Street), Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6—7 PM. All essayists should attend. Parents are welcome.
10.Winner Responsibilities: Winners are expected to attend and read their essays on February 24th.
Questions? Contact Mary Jo Podgurski  or 412.-877-4906

Event:Join us to hear the essays and discover the winner!
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6—7 PM
Common Ground Teen Center
(92 N. Main Street, Washington, PA)

Sponsored by Washington Health System