[UPDATE] Rickards Student Wins Statewide Essay Contest

By: LCS Release
By: LCS Release

UPDATE 2/28/2011 at 5:22 p.m. by Jill Chandler

A Rickards high school student wins a college scholarship for her Black history month essay.

Candace Daymond is a senior at Rickards High School and is looking forward to attending FAMU in the fall.

Daymond wrote her essay about a local African American entrepreneur and community activist, Dr. Carolyn Ryals.

Daymond says when she found out she was one of two winners in the state, she was shocked.

She said, "It's really big, I felt you know, wow, out of all those thousands of kids who entered into this contest... I won. It's very surreal."

Daymond says her winning shows that when you work hard for something, it can pay off. The Florida College Plan scholarship from Florida Pre-paid will pay for her full 4-year college learning experience.


Candace Daymond, a senior at Rickards High School, has won a scholarship in Florida’s Black History Month Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “Celebrating African-American Leaders in Business – Past, Present and Future” . The Black History Month Essay Contest was open to scholars in Grades 4-1 throughout the state of Florida!

Six winners have been selected: two elementary (4-5) students, two middle (6-8) students, and two high school (9-12) students. Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

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  • by D Location: tally on Feb 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Congratulations Candace, I am very proud of you. I grad from Rick back in 06. I wish you well in your future endeavors and remember to work extra hard and college and stay focused. It may get overwhelming at times but you will be fine. Believe in yourself and your maker.
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