Pictured here is the Groveport Madison Middle School South team who took first place at the NAACP Civil Rights Celebration.
The Groveport Madison High School team finished second at the competition.
Groveport Madison Middle School South and Groveport Madison High School took first and second place respectively at the presentation competition at the NAACP Civil Rights Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory on Feb. 28.
Teams of students from the schools presented their research on the life of William Powell of East Canton, Ohio, the first African-American to build, own and operate his own golf course called Clearview.
After the first round of judging, both schools were selected as part of the top three finalists and were slated to perform for the celebration. During the final judging, Middle School South was selected for first place with its $2,000 prize for the school while the high school earned second place.
Rules of the competition required the presentation to represent each grade level of the school and to be no longer than 10 minutes. At Middle School South the performance included the choir under the direction of Jonathan Stewart, the band directed by Jim Muessig, and a slide show and choral reading by the students. Bob LeBlanc, library media specialist, assisted the students with their research. Linda Hunter, inclusion teacher, Paula Walter, educational aide, and fellow teacher, Amanda Fout, also assisted Vicki Keck, Middle School South coordinator.
Willa Brewer, high school coordinator, thought the high school students did well in their presentation.
"The dedication and desire was there to perform well," said Brewer.
Noel Williams, president of the NAACP, recognized the efforts of the students and congratulated Dr. Naomi Sealey, president of the Groveport Madison Board of Education, for her contributions to the endeavor.
"It was a great opportunity for our students to collaborate with the NAACP on such a project and be recognized for their efforts. We are thrilled and humbled to win the top prizes in the competition. It speaks volumes about what our students can and are willing to do," said Sealey.
Bill Young, principal at Middle School South, stated, "We loved the opportunity to work on this project. It gave the staff the chance to come together to delve into a subject that allowed them to build bridges to a greater understanding of cultural diversity. Students were transformed by their research and presentation on the life of Bill Powell, which was embedded in the struggle for civil rights. Now when someone mentions the contributions of Tiger Woods to the world of golf, these students will be able to offer the significance of Bill Powell’s work to that, as well."
Both groups will share their presentations at the March 12 Groveport Madison Board of Education meeting at the Madison Township Community Center. Tashia Brown-McMullin, NAACP Chief Financial Officer and director of this project, hopes to be on hand to present both schools with their prizes for the competition.