Two Upper School and two Middle School students were recognized recently as the top winners in their divisions in the EPB Black History Month Poetry Contest.
The annual contest is open to students in grades 1-12, and EPB received 141 entries this year. McCallie students were four of eight students recognized in the contest.
In the Middle School division, poems by eighth-graders Jonas Mull and Alex Williams were chosen as the two winning poems. Jonas and Alex are students in Tammy Barber's English Class. Jonas wrote about World War II hero Doris Miller, a U.S. Navy cook who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Alex's "A Window into the Soul" was a broader look at the struggle to achieve Civil Rights.
In the Upper School competition, sophomores David Horne and Ryan Huynh took the two winning spots. David and Ryan are students taught by English teacher Sam Currin '03. David wrote about author and inventor William Kamkwamba, who built a wind-powered generator to help his family in the African national of Malawi.
Kamkwamba visited McCallie in September 2016 to speak about his book "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" which tells the story of how education helped his family and gave him a chance at a better life. Ryan's poem was about his admiration of former President Barack Obama.
These four boys and their English teachers will be honored at special banquet March 16. In addition, the winners and their teachers will each receive a prize of $100.