Contest focuses on black history

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Some students used drawings of Presidents Barack Obama and George Washington, while others wrote essays or poems that spoke of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The message of each entry in the "I Am Making History" contest was clear: Black History Month is a time to remember the past and be hopeful for the future.

Kroger, which sponsored the contest, awarded 80 winners Saturday with scholarships, iPods and computers for their representations of what Black History Month means to them. The awards ceremony was held in Lovett hall at the Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Jaslyn Morris, an eighth-grader at Grand Blanc West Middle School in Grand Blanc, was recognized for her essay, "How We Are Making History." Morris, 13, said Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, is a chance to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans.

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