South Brunswick Teen Wins Essay Contest

WARREN – Danielle Biggs, a senior at South Brunswick High School, took first place in the New York Metro region division of the 2011 Verizon Wireless/ United Negro College Fund Black History Month Essay Contest. Biggs was presented with a $5,000 college scholarship plus an HP netbook, and a Motorola DROID X smartphone by Pat Devlin, president of the Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region.

The winners were selected from more than 793 entries in the essay contest which asked them to write a 500-word essay on the topic of how the evolution of wireless technology has changed their lives. The essays were submitted during February in honor of Black History Month. The United Negro College Fund reviewed the essays and selected the winners.


“In recent years, wireless technology has become a much more integral and important part of our society,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF president and CEO. “This contest is a great opportunity to encourage students to understand how this affects their lives and to compete for scholarships to help pay for their college education. We thank Verizon Wireless for their continued support of UNCF and for investing in our next generation of scientists, teachers, business executives, doctors and lawyers.”

“Each student who submitted an essay for the Verizon Wireless/UNCF Black History Month Essay Contest demonstrated an advanced understanding of the role that technology plays in their everyday lives and how it will continue to shape everyone’s future,” said Devlin. “We’re honored to provide these scholarships and devices that will help the students further their education at leading four-year colleges.”

Danielle Biggs (left) receives scholarship and Verizon Wireless devices from Pat Devlin, president, Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region (right) (Photo courtesy of Verizon Wireless)

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