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President’s Forum engages student community

JRNM 223 students “These types of forums help us hone in on what the Vision 2.0 priorities should be,” Tracy Green said during this semester’s President’s Forum. Green is the vice president of strategic and institutional development. The President’s Forum,…

STEMM Symposium promotes science disciplines

Kimberly Teodecki Contributor Lorain County Community College hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) Symposium Friday, Apr. 4. Early college students were encouraged to take part in the symposium that consisted of seven LCCC staff members and current…

Tuition lock guarantee for students

Sonal Dhiman Staff Writer Full-time students at LCCC can take advantage of the tuition lock guarantee when they enroll in fall 2014 and spring 2015. The District Board of Trustees, in a board meeting on March 27, adopted the tuition…

Minimum wage sparks debate

Student workers Charles Nichols and Nunzia Crispino at the Student Life desk.

Alex Delaney-Gesing JRNM 151 student During President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address in January, he declared his intentions to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by the second half of 2016. In a weekly…

Service hours cut for student and part-time workers

Alex Delaney-Gesing JRNM 151 student As a result of recent budget cuts that took effect Monday March 3, certain student and part-time workers at Lorain County Community College have had their hours reduced. Operating hours in the Enrollment Services, Financial…

STEMM Symposium coming to LCCC

Dr. Kestler will host the STEMM Symposium in April to introduce the new science facilities on campus.

Suzy Rowe Contributor “They get to walk in, open up an incubator, and find something no one else in the world knows,” said Professor Dr. Harry Kestler, a science professor at Lorain County Community College, on what he tells his…

Tuition hike in sight for students

By Sonal Dhiman Staff Writer s.dhiman1@mail.lorainccc.edu Dr. Roy C. Church, President of Lorain County Community College, and the District Board of Trustees passed a motion that permits a $3.84 per credit hour hike in tuition for LCCC students, in a…

Juried art show features student talents

Aaron Lazar
Contributor/JRNM 223 student

The opening reception for the 2014 Juried Student Art Show took place on April 4 in the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery. Entries were submitted from Lorain County Community College students who are currently, or have in the last year, enrolled in an art class at the college. Artwork appearing in the show was selected by a panel of three jurors from Youngstown State University. Attendees were treated to a large selection of art forms throughout the gallery from paintings and drawings to ceramics and sculptures. The reception, which included an award ceremony, attracted a steady flow of students, faculty, family, and friends interested in seeing the entries. A number of awards were handed out to deserving students, with one talented student earning the most sought after faculty award.
Winner of this year’s faculty award was LCCC student, Michael Szewczyk. Szewczyk was awarded for his four piece collection entered into the show which included 2D design and several drawings. More specifically, his works included a magazine image collage, two drawings of posing girls, and a drawing of a trash can lid. “I try to just make a lot of lines and I just use the ones that I like,” stated Szewczyk while explaining his drawing technique. “The [lines] in there that aren’t really that important, I just keep going with them. That’s why it gets all jagged and weird.” And what about the trash can lid drawing entitled Trashscape? “It was supposed to be a landscape but I drew a garbage can lid. I kind of broke the rules for the actual assignment, so I didn’t get a really good grade on it, but I thought it’d be good for the show and surprisingly it was,” explained Szewczyk.
The exhibition will remain open for all to enjoy through Friday, April 18. The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Stocker Center. Gallery hours are 10:30am – 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. According to Nancy Halbrooks, Associate Professor and Art Department Coordinator, there will be one more student art show this semester. “The next student art show is the Portfolio Show, where the current students will be presenting their portfolios in an exhibition. The Portfolio Show in the Beth K. Stocker Gallery opens with a reception for the artists (public welcome) on the 25 of April at 4:30pm to 7:30pm. This show ends on May 10.” All are encouraged to check out the current and upcoming show and to witness the talented art produced by emerging artists at the college.

Tax tips for students

Aaron Lazar
Contributor/JRNM 223 student

Students at Lorain County Community College and other schools across the nation face a deadline April 15 that could cost them not a grade, but money. Valuable money could potentially be left unclaimed if you do not file, or if education tax breaks are not used. To avoid leaving hard earned cash behind, here are four useful tips to help students with their taxes.

Tip one is to file a return. Not all college students are required to file a tax return because they did not earn enough money. Who needs to file? A typical college student, single and claimed on a parent’s return, is required to file if their earned income is more than $6,100 or unearned income (interest and dividends) is more than $1,000. Even if not required to file a return, if you had taxes withheld from your paychecks you must file in order to receive a refund.

The second tip is to file an extension. An extension must be filed by April 15 if you do not have time to file your return by that date. You will then have until October 15 to file your return. It should be noted that this is an extension to file, not an extension to pay taxes you may owe.

Tip three is to coordinate who claims you as a dependent. A dependent, usually a qualifying child or relative, may be claimed as an exemption and can help reduce taxes.  James Levis CPA of Elyria based Levis, Nolan & Company CPAs emphasized the importance of students working with their parents to minimize overall taxes within the family.  “Make sure that you coordinate with your parents about claiming a dependency exemption,” suggested Levis. “In most cases it makes sense for parents to claim their child as a dependent.” If you are not providing more than 50% of your support, you are not entitled to take a personal exemption. Be aware that a tax return will be rejected if a person is claimed on two separate returns.

The fourth tip is to take advantage of education tax breaks. There are four categories of higher education tax credits and deductions. The American Opportunity Tax Credit can reduce taxes by 100% of the first $2,000 plus 25% of the next $2,000 of qualified tuition and related expenses. It has a maximum of $2,500 per year for the first four years of college. “The American Education Credit allows a credit up to $2,500 per eligible student. It is allowed up to 4 years provided you have not obtained your Bachelor’s degree,” explained LCCC Professor Robert Katricak. “Eligible expenses include tuition, books and supplies. If a student is claimed on their parent’s return, the parents will take the credit, not the student.”  The Lifetime Learning Credit is 20% of the first $10,000 paid for qualified tuition and related expenses. The Tuition and Fees Deduction reduces taxable income up to $4,000 per year. Finally, The Student Loan Interest Deduction can reduce taxable income up to $2,500 for interest paid on student loans. IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, outlines who qualifies and what expenses are eligible for the education tax breaks.

It is important to know that whoever claims the student as a dependent is eligible to claim only one of the tax breaks described above per student per year. By keeping these four tax tips in mind, students can minimize tax bills and potentially get more money in their pocket.

Career Fair at LCCC sees hiring increase

Sonal Dhiman
Staff Writer

Smartly dressed, resume in hand and a confident stride – that’s all that it took for students and community members to score interviews and callbacks at the LCCC Career Fair.

The Career Fair, an annual event hosted by the Career Services along with Ohio Means Jobs and Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS), saw more than 110 employers who helped link more than 600 job seekers to prospective full and part-time careers within and outside Lorain county.

Erin Corwin, work-based learning coordinator with LCCC’s Career Services, said, “The planning for Career Fair begins in December with a core team of 10 people, headed by Mary Welch.” The event is open to the community, especially because it is supported by Ohio Means Jobs and Lorain JVS. “We have seen a rising trend in hiring, especially in hiring interns. This is a sign that the economy is picking up and if you are ready to work, then there is a job waiting for you,” Corwin continued.

Two brothers from Lorain, Devin and Brandon Hassen, sharply dressed in their suits, came looking for their first jobs at the Career Fair. Brandon said, “I am a computer-science engineering major from the university partnership program with University of Toledo and I have an associate’s degree with computer maintenance networking from LCCC. This is my first Career Fair ever and I am excited to know what is out there for me.”

Devin holds a bachelors degree in psychology from the university partnership with Cleveland State University. “This is the perfect opportunity for me to see how I can put my education to use, within the community. I am a bit nervous and excited about the fair, I hear there are on-the-spot interviews,” he said.

Steven Thomas, a mechanical engineer, who has held a job for several years at Ford, came to look for other career options, for himself and his son. He said, “In the first 20 years of my career companies relied on building relationships and in the last years things took a u-turn and companies were forced to look out for themselves. But now things are getting back to relying to building long-term relationships.”

Steven Heugel, customer services and regional training representative at Ohio Means Jobs, said, “We support LCCC in this endeavor because it is important to couple education with job readiness. LCCC has great facilities, a good buy-in from the community and is accessible to everyone. We value networking with the community and help them overcome the challenges of the globally changing workforce.”

The career fair saw a huge turnout from across the community, with 50 VIPs who were admitted a half hour earlier than the rest. The employers offered jobs from the fields of manufacturing, sales, healthcare and retail industries.

President’s Forum engages student community

JRNM 223 students

“These types of forums help us hone in on what the Vision 2.0 priorities should be,” Tracy Green said during this semester’s President’s Forum. Green is the vice president of strategic and institutional development.

The President’s Forum, organized by Student Senate, allowed students to discuss how to improve campus life, what the University Partnership’s future function should be and how to help students decide on a program and complete it. Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC, met with students to discuss the college’s Vision 2.0. Though Merriam Webster defines a forum as a public meeting for open discussion, the there were three specific topics students could give input on.

As part of LCCC’s Vision 2.0, post the passing of Issue 2, Church outlined the need

to reduce the time students take to complete their degree. The vision entails focusing on students and shape programs to cater to their varied needs. He maintained that the “University Partnership program is here to stay. Especially after the way the community supported us in Issue 2.”

Keeping tuition low and providing student loans in a cost effective way were key values that Church wanted to continue at the college.

“Look at the tuition rates across the state of Ohio, Lorain County Community College has the second-lowest tuition rate in the state. Students get a great opportunity to build a base through the associates degree and maybe even higher,” explained Church. “Because remember, any of the bachelor degree programs through the University Partnership are three plus one programs, where you take three years at of the coursework out of our curriculum and our tuition rates and one year on the university’s curriculum at the university’s tuition rates. We’re making education affordable and helping you reduce the potential for debt coming out of a college education.”

Church directed members to pay particular attention to specific priorities such as college budgets. By 2020, 60% of all jobs will require a college education. Ohio ranks in the bottom seven States, having an average college debt of $28,693. According to Church, “Making student loans is important, but more important is making education affordable and decreasing the potential of debt.”

Every student was instructed to sit at a table that would discuss one of the three topics for ten minutes. An LCCC staff member with a laptop typed student comments into a document that was shared at the end of the discussion. After the allotted time was up, students switched seats and moved on to a different topic.

“People who come [to these presidential forums] tend to participate more.” said Church.  “It’s one of the vehicles we use to get student input. Students love to have their voices heard, including more introverted students.” Students tend to share their advice with their peers, generating even more feedback as a result.

At the end of the discussion, approved comments on each topic were shared on the screen. For promoting student engagement, comments included addressing transportation, arranging better homecoming and welcome week events, and promoting clubs better. Student comments on University Partnership included acquiring more less-popular degrees, recruiting faculty to promote the partnership and educating employers about what graduates have to offer.

Comments on program completion included mandatory meetings with advisers, educating students about careers paths and providing more information about salary options.

Though only a few comments were displayed for the students in attendance, Church said the remaining comments would be reviewed and showed to administrators who were involved in Vision 2.0 and Student Life administrators.

Commodore Books and More provided raffle prizes for students in attendance, including water bottles, Commodore sweatshirts and Skull Candy headphones.

Valerie Morris, Kimberly Teodecki, Brenna Shippy, Aaron Lazar, Karl Schneider, Sonal Dhiman and April Fuentes contributed to this article.

Chinese chefs spice things up at LCCC

Karl Schneider

Si Chuan, Dim Sum and desserts from across Chinese regions were introduced to culinary students at LCCC’s state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen.  Chefs Wai Luk and Cauh-Lam Cheung presented their culinary specialties from attendees at the demonstration from April 2-4.

The chefs represent the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, Hong Kong’s largest culinary arts school. The presentations were open to the public but with an emphasis on students currently enrolled in LCCC’s culinary program.

During one presentation, Cheung showed students the techniques of hand pulling noodles. The crowd was amazed when he was able to create noodles from a pile of dough using only his hands.

The presentations were offered to each attendee on DVD. The demonstration kitchen has cameras set up to give the audience a close up perspective on the techniques the chefs are using.

Each session was supplemented with recipes for each dish presented including pan-fired minced pork dumplings and the hand-pulled noodles. Executive Chef Eric Petrus emceed the events. When the Chinese chefs were not busy preparing for the sessions and presenting their skills to the audience, they were treated to local restaurants featuring a more American cuisine.


STEMM Symposium promotes science disciplines

Kimberly Teodecki

Lorain County Community College hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) Symposium Friday, Apr. 4. Early college students were encouraged to take part in the symposium that consisted of seven LCCC staff members and current students involved in the Lab Sciences research programs.

“The road to Harvard goes through community colleges,” said Dr. Harry Kestler, professor  as he introduced the students to some of the research opportunities available at the college. “We hope to cure H.I.V. That is a glimpse of what we are doing here at LCCC.”

 Dr. Steven Hubbard, associate professor in the science and mathematics division of LCCC expressed the concept of atmospheric pressure to students as they witnessed a ping pong ball being shot from a PVC-pipe cannon at 300 mph.

Dr. Celestia Lau, science and mathematics professor at LCCC, enlightened students with a small Environmental Chemistry session in which she expressed the growing need for trained chemists to keep the environment clean and healthy by utilizing their skills in the workplace.

The ‘Spectroscopy for Kids (and adults who can behave like kids for at least one hour)’ workshop was hosted by Dr. Kenneth Street, distinguished research associate at LCCC.  This workshop focused on the use of light and matter in science through the use of different types of light bulbs including fluorescent and phosphorescent bulbs.

 Other workshops included Problems Solving with Dr. Ed Meyer, professor and chairman of the physics department at Baldwin Wallace University; Digital Forensics with Mr. Lawrence Atkinson, associate professor of the engineering and information technologies division at LCCC, and Thank You for Flying the Vomit Comet with Dr. Greg DiLisi, Associate professor at John Carroll University.

 All students in session conjoined in the College Center to experience Magical Science, presented by Dr. Regan Silvestri, associate professor in the Science and Mathematics division at LCCC. Among his astonishing demonstrations was his very own rendition of catching fire, when he held a flame in the palm of his hand after lighting the soap bubbles in his palm on fire.

 Brandon Coates, PSEO student at LCCC, spoke at a student panel arranged for early college students to ask questions and interact with current students involved with the Science and Mathematics departments. “[Students] are able to involve [themselves] in the college environment and take classes in a more adult setting. There are a lot of things [high school students] are not able to get into because the resources are not there, but in a college setting, [students] can do a lot of things, like research, that [they] would not be able to do in a high school setting.”

 Among other students in the panel was Teacher’s Assistant Sunny Smith, who alluded to how LCCC and the University Partnership program have helped her accomplish her goals in science and mathematics while being a working mother. Dr. Kathy Durham also encouraged students from all walks of life to consider attending LCCC. “I don’t think we’ve had a single student walk through the door and then want to leave. We have a niche here for everyone.”

Tuition lock guarantee for students

Sonal Dhiman
Staff Writer

Full-time students at LCCC can take advantage of the tuition lock guarantee when they enroll in fall 2014 and spring 2015. The District Board of Trustees, in a board meeting on March 27, adopted the tuition lock guarantee proposal that assures full-time students (both current and new) a per credit hour rate of $118.34.

Students taking advantage of the tuition lock guarantee will have to maintain continuous enrollment of 12 credit hours in fall and spring semesters for three years or until they complete their degree, whichever comes first. Students will be required to commit to an academic plan with an LCCC Success Coach and sign a completion pledge.

Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development, Tracy Green, said, “This proposal is to help students connect to an academic plan that would ensure that they get their degrees in a time-bound manner. The students will be better prepared for the job market if they get their degrees on time.”

In light of the recent tuition hike and decreasing hours of the administrative staff, this move is directed towards maximizing the revenue for the college. “For a community college, the state subsidy and any financial support is based on student ability to perform well, complete their degree in a timely manner and taking a decent amount of course load in a semester”, said Green. She further asserted, “This is a pilot program, so we will learn on the way. We will depend a lot from student feedback.”

Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC said, “In today’s economy it is important to complete a degree to compete for the available career options.” He highlighted the importance of  “keeping the momentum going when working on a degree.”

The tuition guarantee is a part of LCCC’s ‘Our Promise’ initiative to the community. Green mentioned, “We made a commitment to serve the community, this move is in conjunction with that promise. The community supported us by passing Issue 2, and we will help them acquire jobs in an economy where 60 percent of jobs will require post secondary education by 2018.”

The move is schedule to go into effect during fall 2014 semester for newly enrolled students as well as those currently enrolled part-time.

Students gaze skyward in aviation class

Aaron Lazar
JRNM 151 student

Deciphering sectional charts, navigating the different classes of airspace, learning about varying weather patterns, and understanding basic aeronautics and principles related to safe flight are just some of the topics a group of Lorain County Community College students are covering this semester.

 The Private Pilot Ground School (AVIA 111) meets twice a week, tackling the knowledge and skills students need to become licensed pilots. The course is designed to teach prospective pilots all they need to successfully pass the FAA’s written examination, one step in obtaining a pilot’s license.

“I plan to go into the air force as a pilot after college,” explained student Dalton Geib. “I love this class. It’s a great way to spend Monday and Wednesday nights.”

Larry Coleman, a certified flight instructor, teaches the ground school. Coleman explained that this is the fourth consecutive semester the course has been offered at LCCC after being brought back two years ago. Between eight and fifteen people typically enroll for the course, a number Coleman would like to see increase in the future.

Students sign up to take the ground school for different reasons with some looking for a future career in the field and others simply interested in learning more about aviation.

Approximately a third of his students want to become airline pilots with another third pursuing careers as air traffic controllers, according to Coleman. The final third take the class for purposes of general interest.

“I took this class because I plan on becoming an air traffic controller in the future,” said student Teresa Powell. “So far, the class has been enjoyable and the subject matter is really interesting.”

Students taking the course, who wish to obtain their private pilot license, must arrange for additional instruction through a local flight school. The course is aimed at the bookwork associated with flying whereas a flight school focuses on helping one master the actual flying portion of training. Coleman says that one can expect training outside of his class at an airport (start to finish) to cost $7-9 thousand depending on the person and how quick they pick up the necessary skills.

“It’s a huge misconception that you need a lot of math and science to fly an airplane,” explained Coleman. “Flying teaches a lot about yourself and life management skills in general.” Coleman hopes to see the class grow in the future, with a flying portion added to create a complete training package, allowing students to learn to fly while at the same time earning college credit.

LCCC student Fred Robinette is taking the class as part of earning his private pilot license. “I love to fly. I flew with friends as a teen and dreamed of getting my license.” Robinette is using the Pell Grant to pay for the ground school at LCCC and is taking flight lessons at Lorain County Airport. He plans to fly for recreational purposes in the future.

Any student interested in the field, whether as a possible future career or a personal hobby, would benefit from taking this unique course offered through the college. The ground school offers students a solid introduction into the exciting world of aviation. Armed with the knowledge from the course, a student is free to explore multiple paths relating to their specific aeronautical pursuits and dreams. For more information on the course students can contact Larry Coleman at lcoleman1@lorainccc.edu

Stocker hosts award-winning French film

Brenna Shippy
Staff WriterIntouchables

“The Intouchables,” introduced by the Lorain Film Society, is a French comedy-drama about survival, compassion, and above all, friendship. The movie tells the story of an aristocrat, who becoming a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, hires a young man from the projects, living on welfare to be his live-in caretaker.

The film opens with Driss (caregiver), driving Phillipe at high speed. They are being chased by the police. When the police pull them over, Driss asserts that it is an emergency, he is rushing Phillipe to the hospital. Phillipe fakes a seizure, and the result is a police escort to the hospital.

The story then flashes back to when Driss and Phillipe first met. With his assistant, Phillipe is interviewing candidates at his luxurious mansion for the role of his caregiver. Enter the unexpected and unqualified Driss. The insolent young man is not interested in employment. Instead he cuts in line to get Phillipe’s signature to show he was there to be interviewed and rejected in order to continue receiving his welfare benefits. Phillipe tells Driss he must come back the next morning for his signature. Instead of giving the promised signature when Driss returns, Phillipe boldly decides to hire him.

Now employed on a trial basis as a live-in caregiver, Driss learns the extent of Phillipe’s disability as he accompanies Phillipe throughout his day, catering to the demanding physical needs of a quadriplegic. While Driss adjusts to the difficult and constant task of caring for Phillipe, Phillipe learns to put some order and balance in his, and to not be so stiff with his life. Driss shows Phillipe that his life can continue to be an adventure, that being stuck in a wheelchair does not mean he no longer should take chances. Driss encourages Phillipe to contact Eleanore, a woman he has been infatuated with, but that Phillipe has only managed to have an epistolary relationship.

As the friendship grows between Driss and Phillipe, Driss is torn between his new responsibilities and the need to help a cousin who is in trouble with a gang and seeks Driss’ safety. Phillipe takes notice of how important Driss’s need to support his family is, and releases Driss from the job. While Driss takes care of his family, Phillipe searches for other caregivers. But, Phillipe does not take a liking to any of them, or find the rapport he had with Driss. Phillipe becomes depressed and loses interest in his own upkeeping and image. Phillipe’s assistant puts out a call to Driss to return and help out.

Driss arrives and taks Phillipe for a drive, bringing the story back to the first scene of the movie. After giving the police a slip, they continue their road trip to a seaside resort where Driss had made reservations. Driss helps Phillipe get dressed in a fun and poignant scene before going to dinner. The scenic restaurant allows Driss to provide Phillipe with one more lesson. He slips away to let Phillipe meet the woman he’s only known through letters, the woman Phillipe has loved at a distance up until this time.

“The Intouchables” is a humorous and loving story of a unique friendship; a dichotomy of classes brought together in a sensitive and joyful manner. I enjoyed the movie from start to finish. Both characters, despite their faults or differences, create a strong bond of understanding. With exceptional casting, and thought-provoking dialogue, it is no wonder that the film was selected as a best foreign language entry for the 85th Oscars.

I enjoyed the use of Ludovico Einaudi’s music for the soundtrack. His piano sonatas were simple yet effective. I also enjoyed the movie being in French subtitles. I have never been a stranger to foreign films and those that are wouldn’t even feel as if they were reading captions as they engage in the story.

LCCC celebrates the rich heritage of the black community

Sonal Dhiman
Staff WriterBlack History Month

“This is not the kind of history that is stored in a museum. It is an eternal heritage that must be remembered each day of our lives.” It is with these words Pastor Ray Robinson from Living Word Church, Lorain, summarized the spirit of the celebrations of Black History Month at LCCC, at the closing ceremony on February 27, 2014.

The month-long celebrations of Black History Month came to a conclusion with speeches from speakers like Ms. Janice W. Warner, President and CEO of Community Action Commission of erie, Huron and Richland Counties, Inc (CACEHR), and Pastor Ray Robinson. It also saw the prize distribution ceremony for  various events like Essay Writing, Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest. The lunch saw a conglomeration of several African-American achievers from Lorain and nearby areas.

Wyato Segun (nee Leonard Church), an attendee at the event, adopted his Nigerian tribe name in 2004 and is a professional boxer turned coach. He does social work in Lorain and nearby areas. He adopted his West African tribal name to “honor my grandfather and his rich heritage”.  He works for the community through his contributions in “educating and training young black men in the area of boxing and athletics”. Segun said, “I work with the Muslim community, the big brother program, Rotary club. I live in Erie but work with people from all over Lorain, Erie and Huron.” He emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, “Without the community we can not achieve anything and without God we cannot be anything. So we should be involved with the community. That is the message I am trying to spread and I’m glad to see that LCCC is as dedicated to this as I am.”

The keynote speaker Ms. Janice W. Warner commended LCCC’s efforts “at highlighting the contributions of us colored people”. She further said, “I know what it is to be poor, I was very poor once. So I know the importance of working for the upliftment of the poor. The society has a responsibility to ensure that everyone has a good, secure life. CACEHR will be in the forefront of seeing the decline of poverty.”

Pastor Robinson kept the audience engaged with his inspirational words, “Add something in life that is unique and exclusive. We are all special, we just need to find it. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King were all ‘cultural architects’. They knew what they wanted to do, and it was unselfish. They made it into a heritage, not a history. Heritage tells me that we are all connected.”

Prizes were given to the winners of various contests. Mayaya Phiri won the essay writing contest. The topic of the contest was ‘What does Black history mean to you’. Arnetta LeSure and D’Ajirae Gaddy won the second and third places respectively.