One Book/Many Voices 2015
Armuchee and Model juniors are winners in essay contest
Posted on 10/28/2015
Essay winnersThey may not have lived during the March on Washington but their ability to write about what they have learned about, and from, the historic event has won two Floyd County teens honors in the One Book/Many Voices community essay contest.  Abigail Gurley, a junior at Armuchee High School, and Hunter Hays, a junior at Model High School, each were selected as winners in the contest to get students involved in the community effort to read the book "Voices From the March" written by George Ella Lyon.

In the annual One Book/Many Voices effort, community members, including students in area schools, are encouraged to read the same book.  This year, the book was the one authored by Lyon.  The author visited the community and several of our schools as part of the literacy project for Rome and Floyd County.  The schools also heard speakers talk about their personal experience of the March on Washington or life during the Civil Rights Movement. 

In the essay written by Abigail Gurley, she writes of her hope for America.  "America isn't perfect, but with effort this nation can strive for a better, more united Earth," she wrote. "All it takes to start a fire is a single spark; let Americans be that spark."

Hunter Hays wrote of his experience listening to Professor Victor Morgan of Berry College talk to his class at Model about the fight for racial equality.  "Racism is like a weed, if we simply cut it off where it meets the ground, it will grow back. Racism has to be uprooted if we want it to die," Hays wrote. "The March on Washington serves as a beacon of hope that one day we will all truly stand in brotherhood; however, Professor Morgan reminds us that even though we have come far, our road to equality is never ending."