2023 Student Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following 2023 Student Writing Contest Winners:

  • Grayson Fleury, Junior – North Augusta High School (CSRA) (Essay)
  • Jace Kraftchick, Senior – Oceanside Collegiate Academy (Lowcountry) (Essay)
  • La’Deja Williams, Junior – Richland Northeast High School (Midlands) (Essay)
  • Amari James, Senior – Wilson High School (Pee Dee) (Essay)
  • Isabella Whittle, Junior – Homeschool/Fort Mill (Upstate) (Essay)


The International African American Museum (IAAM) is expected to open soon on the hallowed grounds of the Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina. This highly anticipated museum will commemorate and celebrate the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America, and highlight their connections around the world. Tell why you think it is important to learn about the history of African Americans and their contributions to South Carolina.