Attention high schoolers: It's essay time


The North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame is spon­sor­ing an es­say con­test for loc­al high school stu­dents.

The con­test is open to North­east res­id­ents who will be fresh­men, sopho­mores, ju­ni­ors or seni­ors at any high school dur­ing the 2012-13 aca­dem­ic year.

Par­ti­cipants are asked to sub­mit a 750- to 1,000-word es­say on the theme, Un­cov­er­ing North­east Philly: What Makes North­east Phil­adelphia Spe­cial?

The dead­line is Sept. 26.

The grand prize is a $2,000 schol­ar­ship to Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity and an iPad.

Hon­or­able men­tion prizes in­clude gift cer­ti­fic­ates to loc­al busi­nesses. The teach­er with the most stu­dents en­ter­ing the con­test will re­ceive a gift cer­ti­fic­ate to the Din­ing Car.

Entries should be emailed to lro­toli@holy­fam­

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion in part­ner­ship with Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Frank­ford, the North­east Times and City Coun­cil­man Den­nis M. O’Bri­en.

The win­ner of the es­say con­test will be honored at the next Hall of Fame in­duc­tion ce­re­mony, sched­uled for Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity’s Edu­ca­tion and Tech­no­logy Cen­ter.

The 2012 in­duct­ees will be:

• Frank Shuman (1862-1918), an in­vent­or and sol­ar power pi­on­eer.

• The Rev. Le­on Sul­li­van (1922-2001), a civil rights lead­er and anti-apartheid act­iv­ist.

• Ed Kelly, a busi­ness and com­munity lead­er.

• Chris Fer­guson, an as­tro­naut.

• Unity Monthly Meet­ing Frank­ford (foun­ded 1682), By­berry Monthly Meet­ing (1683), Pen­nepack Baptist Church in Bustleton (1688), Trin­ity Church Ox­ford in Lawndale (circa 1698), Pres­by­teri­an Church of Frank­ford (1722), All Saints Epis­copal Church, Tor­res­dale (1772) and Camp­bell AME Church in Frank­ford (1807).

The first group of in­duct­ees con­sisted of Tom Gola, Joan Kra­jew­ski, Aid For Friends, Harry Sil­cox, Thomas Holme, Henry and Mary Dis­ston and St. Kath­ar­ine Drexel.

The second group fea­tured Ben­jamin Rush, Robert Pur­vis, George “Butch” Bal­lard, Sis­ter Mary Scul­lion and Spe­cial People In North­east Inc.

The Hall of Fame is fun­ded by loc­al spon­sors. Among the re­cent donors was 3rd Fed Bank. Jack Mc­Carthy, the Hall of Fame pro­ject dir­ect­or, ac­cep­ted a check from bank pres­id­ent and CEO Kent Lufkin. ••

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame page on Face­book or go to ht­tp://www.frank­ford­his­tor­ic­also­ci­


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