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Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Assistant Chief Gary Batton and Tribal Councilmen James Frazier and Anthony Dillard congratulate Trevin Cole on his award-winning essay.

Trevin Cole wins 2011 Young Native Writers essay contest

Trevin Cole of Coalgate has earned the 2011 Young Native American Writers Scholarship from the Holland and Knight Law Firm in Washington, D.C. The “Young Native Writers Essay Contest” is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to think about the critical issues impacting their tribal communities today. First-place winners received an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent sites. The winners were accompanied by the teachers that inspired their entries into the contest. Winner also received special awards for display at their home or school. In addition, winners were given scholarships of $2,500 to be paid directly to the college or university of his or her choice. Trevin wrote the 1,200-word essay and was notified the day after graduation he had won the national scholarship and would later go to Washington D.C. He, along with the teacher who inspired him to write the essay, Laura Clark, made the trip to Washington in July of 2011. He had dinner at the Kennedy Center every evening except one evening, when he went to Maryland and had dinner with the Holland and Knight Law Firm’s CEO. He spoke at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., in front of many Congressmen and women as well as many political figures. He was awarded his scholarship and was the only person representing the Choctaw Nation. Trevin is working on his bachelor’s degree at East Central University where he received the Presidential Plus Scholarship and will later attend Harvard Law. Trevin’s parents are Travis and Katherine Cole, grandparents are Johnny D. and Debbie Ward and Shirley Cole, and great-grandparents are the late Nell Prince and J.C. Ward, Doc and Pat Ingram, and Rebecca Cole.

Announcing The 2012 Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is proud to welcome entries for the Young Native Writers Essay Contest, which we organize each year in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

This essay contest for Native American high school students is designed to encourage young Native Americans to think about the most important issues affecting their tribal communities, as well as ways in which challenges can be addressed.

Hundreds of Native American high school students participate each year. While all participants receive a Certificate of Honor for submitting their essays and adding their voices to this important dialogue in Indian Country, the five first-place winners are awarded an all-expenses-paid “Scholar Week” trip to Washington, D.C., accompanied by a teacher or mentor nominated by each winner, to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent Washington, D.C. sites. Each winner also receives a $2,500 college scholarship.

Please help us spread the word about this year’s contest by forwarding this email to groups and individuals who might be interested in submitting an essay. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2012.

We look forward to reading this year’s essays!

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