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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO WRITE A PAGE IN BLACK HISTORY

 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO WRITE A PAGE IN BLACK HISTORY
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- This January, high school students in 12 states will be thinking about African-American heroes who have influenced their lives and committing those thoughts to paper. They have a chance to become one of 16 literary winners of the "Black Heroes Essay Contest," sponsored by White Castle System, Inc., which could mean prizes and an opportunity to read essays on the radio for local winners during Black History month in February.
 "This February belongs to you -- and me -- and the many African-American heroes who make us proud," said Ken Taylor, contest spokesperson and anchor for E! Entertainment Television, a national cable entertainment channel broadcasting from Los Angeles. "Many people can have a positive influence on youth, and I'd like to encourage our future history makers to think and write about those people who have been role models, especially during Black History Month."
 The "Black Heroes Essay Contest" was created by White Castle, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with radio stations and more than 700 schools in all of the company's 16 major metropolitan markets. White Castle has developed posters, titled "Black & Write," and radio public service announcements supporting the contest as well as coordinating event details with schools and other contest participants. In addition, White Castle also is donating 16 $1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds as grand prizes to encourage students in grades 9 through 12 to participate.
 "White Castle wanted to take an active leadership role to encourage creative self-expression, self-achievement and the development of communications skills among our young people," said Christopher F. Thomas, White Castle's director of marketing. "This program, which is being implemented throughout the company's entire 16-market system, was developed by White Castle, together with community leadership, to focus students' attention on their own personal African-American heroes."
 The contest deadline is Jan. 24, followed by two weeks of selection of winning essays by local panels of judges. During Black History Month, winning authors will read excerpts from their essays during air time donated by participating radio stations. Young people in grades 9 through 12 who would like to become involved in the "Black Heroes Essay Contest" should contact their high school English teacher for contest guidelines.
 White Castle opened its doors for business 71 years ago in Wichita, Kan. The company now operates 257 restaurants in 16 markets.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Bartley of White Castle System, Inc., 614-228-5781, ext. 684/ CO: White Castle System, Inc. ST: Ohio IN: REA SU:


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