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Local youngsters win countywide essay contest


Posted: August 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Up against young people across Los Angeles County, two Santa Clarita kids were finalists in an essay contest about the works of Maya Angelou.

Courtney Cooper, 9, of Valencia and Brianna Price, 13, of Stevenson Ranch shared the top awards with Christian Lu, 15, of Carson.

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department encouraged the youth of Los Angeles County to learn more about the life and words of Maya Angelou through its Youth Essay Contest.

On May 28, the world lost an inspiring voice known for her commitment to civil rights and respected and celebrated as a poet and author.

What inspired the world are her words of truth and overcoming injustice. She had the “unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community and culture.”

Young people ages 7-17 were encouraged to submit an essay to remember and celebrate her work.

Three Apple iPad Mini tablets were awarded in each of the following categories: Youth Activities League participant, Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives (VIDA) participant, and a member from the general Los Angeles County community.

Both Santa Clarita Valley youth were presented Apple iPad Minis by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit (CPU).

On behalf of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Captain Roosevelt Johnson and the entire Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station staff, we would like to offer our congratulations to the winners of the youth essay contest.



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