There are 30 categories in which a student can enter including humor, poetry, short story, personal essay and film and animation.
Prizes include scholarships, recognition and exhibition. Some categories entries are due in January and others are due in February.
(Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) BRENTWOOD — Ten-year-old Raymond Beasley V is fifth in his family’s lineage, but he’s come in first as one of two grand prize winners of the “2014 Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” essay contest.
The Brentwood fifth-grader, along with a ninth-grade student from Phoenix, triumphed by writing essays revealing how they broke barriers using values demonstrated by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier. Paul Krey Elementary school assembly in Brentwood and by author/educator Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, during a San Francisco Giants pregame ceremony at AT&T Park, Raymond said in an interview a hero is “a person, maybe in disguise, who’s doing something very important for saving people or for changing prejudice.” Major League Baseball and Scholastic developed the Breaking Barriers essay contest with Robinson’s daughter in 1997.
Raymond Beasley V, center, a fifth grade student from R.
Paul Krey Elementary School in Brentwood, is honored in a pregame ceremony between San Francisco Giants against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 30, 2014.When Raymond’s delayed walking and speaking compelled his parents to insist the pediatrician’s “he’s a slow starter” explanation was insufficient and demand an MRI, a lime-sized, noncancerous tumor was discovered in the then-4-year-old’s brain.A 14-hour surgery removed most of the tumor, but its location near the brainstem meant some of the tumor was left behind.Every person who enters gets a certificate of achievement, and other prizes are awarded to the top winners.The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, this contest is open to students in grades 7-12.National History Day Contest The National History Day Contest has two divisions.The Junior division is open to 6-8 grade students, while the Senior division is open to 9-12 graders.In his essay, Raymond described how he has overcome multiple surgeries for a brain tumor, according to a statement from MLB.The contest encourages children to write about barriers and obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives.In July, Raymond will travel to and be recognized at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.“My Outstanding Life,” the title of Raymond’s essay, tells the story of his and his parents’ remarkable determination.