EJI awards $5k to ACHS students ALEXANDRIA TIMES

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EJI awards $5k to ACHS students ALEXANDRIA TIMES
First place winner London Jones holds her plaque with her mother Pearl Jones and brother Jermaine Carter by her sides. (Photo/Jeff Hancock)
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By Leslie Golden | lgolden@alextimes.com

On May 20, the national nonprofit the Equal Justice Initiative awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarships to three students from Alexandria City High School. The students submitted essays exploring racial disparities in health care among other topics. Freshmen Ayesha Anwar Ren Cooper received third and second place respectively and junior London Jones was awarded the top prize. Jones’ essay entitled “How Did We Get Here?” focused on Black teenagers wrongly accused of crimes.

“EJI sponsors the Racial Justice Essay Contests for public school students to advance the efforts of local Remembrance Projects. The contests are designed to invite community members to learn and engage

in conversations about the history of racial injustice,” an EJI release states. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/cultural-history/alexandria- community-remembrance- project

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