MCVTS Students Take Top Spots In Black History Month Contest

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Piscataway Vo-Tech students took first and second place in a Black History Month trivia contest sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Section. Sophomore Aziz Austin of Piscataway, center, was the winner, and his brother, freshman Ali Austin, right, was runner-up.

Piscataway Vo-Tech students took first and second place in a Black History Month trivia contest sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section. Sophomore Aziz Austin of Piscataway, center, was the winner, and his brother, freshman Ali Austin, right, was runner-up. (Photo courtesy of MCVTS)

PISCATAWAY — Piscataway Vo-Tech students took first and second place in the annual Black History Month Trivia contest sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section.

First place went to sophomore Aziz Austin of Piscataway, while second place was awarded to his brother, freshman Ali Austin.

The students were among four finalists who qualified by winning a writing contest in which they were asked to pen a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court to advise the justices whether race should continue to be a factor in the admission process of public colleges. There were more than 280 entries in the competition, and the finalists had just three weeks to prepare for the trivia contest.

The contest was held Feb. 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick during the bar association’s annual Black History Month reception. Aziz Austin received a $250 gift card, while Ali’s prize was a $150 gift card.

Steven G. Hockaday, president-elect of the Garden State Bar Association, hosted the contest. The sponsors included Brach Eichler, LLC; Day Pitney, LLP; Duana Morris, LLP; Gibbons, PC; Hill Wallack, LLP; LeClairRyan; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC, and Scura Mealey Wigfield & Heyer, LLP.

The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the oldest vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. The district will mark its centennial in 2014.


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