Presbyterian School Student Finalist For Barbara Jordan Project

May 21, 2010

Presbyterian School seventh grade student, Phoebe Zipper, has been chosen as one of eight students in the state of Texas as a finalist for the Barbara Jordan Memorial Project.

The Barbara Jordan Project, created in honor of the legendary Texas Congresswoman and orator, consists of a Speech and Essay competition for middle school students.

The speech portion of the contest is for eighth graders and the essay portion is open for the seventh graders.  The essay prompt asks students to incorporate today’s economic collapse, education, health care reform and/or foreign affairs into Barbara Jordan’s motto, “e pluribus unum-from many, one” as it relates to diversity.

Jordan often said, “America’s strength is rooted in its diversity.”  She believed the “diverse people of the nation have to be united by common beliefs and the tenets of the Constitution, and by the values of liberty and equality.”

The Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) has been extensively involved in the mentoring aspects of the Barbara Jordan Project. HYLA attorneys also act as judges for the competition. The eight finalists in the essay competition will read their original essays before a panel of celebrity judges and compete for cash, U.S. Savings Bonds, and other prizes.  The top three winners of the essay contest will be announced after the readings.

The final reading will be held at Fulbright Tower 1301 McKinney at 3 p.m. on May 22.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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