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BLACK HEROES ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS HONORED

 BLACK HEROES ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS HONORED
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- During Black History Month


this Feb. 16, student winners from 12 states will be recognized for essays they wrote about their favorite black heroes as part of a contest sponsored by White Castle System, Inc. These winners are being honored during special local awards ceremonies and will each receive a $1,000 U. S. Savings Bond donated by White Castle. Students in grades 9-12 were asked by their English teachers during January to write about those African-American heroes who have influenced their lives, and more than 1,600 teenagers responded. Many students wrote about their personal heroes; others concentrated on well-known personalities.
 "During Black History Month, we focused young people's attention on those persons who have been models and who have had a positive influence on their lives," said Christopher F. Thomas, White Castle's director of marketing. "We're very pleased with all the student essays, which were often powerful and touching."
 Thomas cited several examples of African-American heroes chosen by students, including a teacher in Cincinnati, a friend in Lexington, an employer in Minneapolis and a mother in New York.
 The Black Heroes Essay Contest, which was implemented throughout White Castle's 16 major metropolitan markets, was co-sponsored by White Castle and a radio station in each city. White Castle donated more than $20,000 to the event, including $16,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, and radio stations donated air time during January and February. Local judging panels, including educators, community leaders and journalists, selected the winning essays.
 Savings Bonds will be presented to the winners during various local ceremonies at African-American cultural centers, museums, Black History Month events and during local broadcast programming. All students who participated in the contest will receive Certificates of Achievement signed by White Castle, the participating radio station, and the contest spokesperson, Kenneth Taylor, anchor of E! Entertainment Televsion, a national cable entertainment network.
 White Castle opened its dodors for business 71 years ago in Wichita, Kan. The company now operates 257 restaurants in 12 states.
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