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NAACP Celebrates Essay Contest Winners

Jayda Powell, Cheltenham High School

Jayda Powell, Cheltenham High School

The Cheltenham NAACP will hold a celebration for the winners of their 2015 Essay Competition at their General Body Meeting on June 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaMott Community Center Auditorium, Willow and Sycamore Avenues in LaMott.


Ilan Crawley, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School

Essay winners Jayda Powell of Cheltenham High School, Jessica Cartwright of Jenkintown High School, Ilan Crawley of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, and Jasmine Small of Springfield High School will read their essays on the issues surrounding distracted driving.

On average, 11 teens die in car crashes every day. In many instances, distracted driving is a contributing factor. Participants were asked to write an original and creative essay about this problem, with a focus on education and awareness, and to relate any personal encounters they may have had with a distracted driver.


Jessica Cartwright, Jenkintown High School,


Jasmine Small, Springfield High School

The winners, who are all seniors, have amassed an impressive list of interests, activities, and community service. Most shared their plans for the future. Powell will attend Temple University and with her eye on becoming an architect. Cartwright will attend Penn State University and is considering a career in photojournalism. Crawley will attend Trinity College and intends to pursue a medical career.

For more information, contact Harvey Crudup at or call 215-576-8323.

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