2018-2019 Grand Prize winners enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom trees in DC.

2018-2019 Grand Prize winners enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom trees in DC.

About Proud Past - Inspired Future

Proud Past - Inspired Future is a program that provides a platform for African American students (Sophomores and Juniors) attending Webster Groves High School to create expressions that reflect both an appreciation for their history and aspirations for their future.  An “expression” may be an essay, photo exhibit, painting, sculpture, song, short film or other form.

All eligible entries will be evaluated, and up to four participating students will be awarded the grand prize – a weekend trip to Washington D.C.  The students will join Julie Burchett and Dana Miller of WGHS for a weekend that will feature a tour of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, visits to other points of interest and meetings with African Americans who will provide personalized insights and inspiration to guide further studies and career pursuits.  Cash prizes will be awarded to qualified submissions. Two runners up ($200) and two second runners up ($100) will be presented as well.  Winners will be announced January 2020.

 
 

“I saw accomplishments…how people before me overcame barriers and obstacles; and because of that, I feel like I can accomplish what I want to do.” Jessica Peterson, Jr (2018-2019 Grand Prize Winner)

“The museum showed me what you can do if you’re determined, and that gives me confidence. I can do that, too.” Nakaya Bratcher, Junior (2018-2019 Grand Prize Winner)

“As an adult, I was overwhelmed with the amount of history I did not know about my own people. This trip will be, without a doubt, a life changer for our WGHS students.” Dana Miller - Experiential Learning Internship Advisor, WGHS

2018-2019 Grand Prize Winners at the Washington Monument.

2018-2019 Grand Prize Winners at the Washington Monument.

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