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Dominion Energy Partners With State Department of Education for Writing Contest

Daniel Prince

Strong Men & Women in SC History essay contest highlights inspirational African Americans in SC

Dominion Energy is partnering with the SC Department of Education to encourage high school juniors and seniors to enter the second annual Strong Men & Women in SC History student essay contest. The program builds on the education department’s longstanding African American History Calendar that honors prominent African Americans in the state who have made noteworthy contributions.

All SC high school juniors and seniors are invited to submit a 500-word essay for a chance to receive an Apple MacBook Air and $1000 for their school. Winning students will be invited to participate in the unveiling ceremony of the 2023 African American History Calendar, and their essays will be showcased on the Dominion Energy and SCDE websites.

Students are asked to write about an African American with ties to the Palmetto State who has been inspirational in their lives. They must discuss how that person has impacted individuals and communities in South Carolina.

Dominion Energy and SCDE employees and volunteers will serve as judges and choose a winning essay from each of the state’s five regions: Midlands, Upstate, Low Country, Pee Dee, and Central Savannah River Area. The deadline to enter is March 1. Judging will take place between March 2 and April 3, with winners notified in late April.

Each entrant must be a high school junior or senior at a public or private high school in South Carolina. Home schoolers with an active, dues-paying membership to a home schooling association are also eligible. The $1000 school award can be applied to a home-schooling association. Learn more and enter the essay contest by visiting

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