June 10 deadline for Black Caucus essay contest

5/23/2014, 6 a.m.

Sophomores and juniors who live in the 4th District can participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses’ Essay Contest and Issue Forum for a chance to win a $1,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital.

This year’s topic is cyberbullying.

Entries are due by June 10.

Winners and their families are invited to Washington in September to present their essays and participate in a Sept. 25 issue forum during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s wife, Mereda Davis Johnson, serves as chair of the CBC Spouses.

On May 7, the congressman introduced a new technological element to the contest.

Students have the option of submitting a written essay or a video essay on the topic.

Tech-savvy teens have the opportunity to showcase their creative video production talents.

All written and video essay entries are due by June 10. Winners will be selected on or before Aug. 1.

The first-place winner in each category will receive $1,000; the runners-up in each category will receive $750.

Winners and runners-up will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to and from Washington to attend a congratulatory luncheon and the issue forum.

For more information, rules, guidelines and an application, visit http://hankjohnson.house.gov.