Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest

The Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest in observance of African American History Month is something our students look forward to each year.


Describe a person/an African American in St. Lucie County (not a family member), who has impacted your life, and explain what this person has done to make such a difference.


All students in St. Lucie County / Grades 3-12


  1. Essays must be the original work of the student.
  2. Essay word count must be included and must be a minimum length of the following:

*250 words for grades 3-5

*500 words for grades 6-8

*750 words for grades 9-12

  1. Essays should be typed or neatly handwritten with minimal or no errors.
  2. Submissions must include a completed registration form attached to the essay.


All submissions must be received in School Operations no later than Friday, March 8, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.


Please submit all essays to the attention of Annette Jackson / Superintendent’s Suite @ AFK8.


As in year’s past, we are asking each school to send THE TOP 5 ESSAYS FROM EACH GRADE LEVEL.

Essays that do not adhere to the guidelines and due date indicated on the flyer will not be considered.