On May 18, 2022

Rutland NAACP announces student contest winners

Addie Lentzner, 17, of Arlington High School, won the written category of the NAACP contest, writing about the importance of schools teaching anti-racist education.

Two local high school students have been declared the winners of the second annual Black History Month contest, sponsored by the Rutland Area branch of the NAACP and the Vermont Student Anti Racist Network (VSARN). The contest challenged students to respond to a prompt in a written or visual arts form, with a prize of $500 in each category. This year’s prompts invited students to choose from a number of laws and policies, such as qualified immunity or bans on so-called critical race theory and demonstrate how that policy perpetuates systemic racism.

The winner in the visual art category was Christelle Poteau, 17, of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, with a digital art piece, “Mistakes are there to be learned from,” which references the banning of books.

Christelle Poteau 17, of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, was the winner in the visual category for her piece above.

In her artist’s statement, Poteau writes, “One day in the future, a kid like myself will ask an adult, ‘Why do people that look like me come to America?’ ‘Who were these Black people fighting for freedom? Freedom from what?’ ‘What happened to the Natives?’ ‘Why does feminism exist?’ ‘Why is the world around us, the way it is today?’ As a black, female student, I fear that one day, no teacher, or parent would be able to answer these questions.”

Addie Lentzner, 17, of Arlington High School won the written category, writing about the importance of schools teaching anti-racist education.

She writes, “As kids grow up in America, they can’t escape the grasp of racial inequity and discrimination. Biases are inculcated into kids from an early age, and nobody is immune to it. That’s why ignoring racism is not enough. That’s why color-blindness only causes harm. That’s why neglecting to discuss racism in our schools is perhaps the most dangerous threat to the longevity of our country, because without learning about racism, kids are going to be racist. Without seeing themselves reflected in the curriculum, students of color are going to be negatively affected. Without education on anti-racism, all kids will suffer.”

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Robert Hecker appointed to Killington Select Board

May 15, 2024
By Curt Peterson Robert Hecker has been appointed to take Steve Finneron’s seat on the Killington Select Board. The announcement came after an executive session Monday night May 13. The position lasts until next Town Meeting Day vote, when voters will choose the person to fulfill the remaining year of Finneron’s term.  Hecker was one…

Town resolves eminent domain 

May 15, 2024
Deal with landowner called ‘win-win’ By Polly Mikula The town of Killington will not pursue an eminent domain hearing scheduled for May 20, having recently resolved the case with the landowner.  Eva Nagymihaly and her sister, Theresa Rust, own land on the east side at the base of Killington Road to the intersection with Route…

Logging company fined for wetland and water quality impacts in Bridgewater, Thetford

May 15, 2024
The Agency of Natural Resources Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) announced May 8 that Thomson Timber Harvesting and Trucking LLC (Thompson Timber), a company that performs logging activities in Vermont, was fined $32,550 for violating the Vermont Wetland Rules and failing to follow acceptable management practices (AMPs) for…

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum celebrates expansion

May 15, 2024
By Polly Mikula Saturday, May 11, Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum held a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Merchants Row downtown. While the museum relocated to its current location (66 Merchants Row) last spring, this was the first time the organization has celebrated that expansion. The move allowed Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum to tripled in size with new…