Tasha Tucker wins Strong Men and Women writing contest
by Nick DeRatto,Village News Online
Opportunities are avenues by which you can fulfill your dreams.
Following this belief – stated by engineer Dr. Rosalyn Hobson – L.C. Bird junior Tasha Tucker seized her own opportunity, winning Dominion’s Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership Series writing contest with her essay on Hobson, one of only four winners in the state.
“I was astonished and shocked when I found out,” says Tucker. “I didn’t expect to win. My English teacher had been talking about the contest a lot, so I decided to enter.”
Started 13 years ago, the contest, sponsored by Dominion Power, invites high school juniors and seniors in Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina to write essays celebrating the achievements of one of the 217 African-Americans featured in Dominion’s Strong Men and Women series. As Virginia’s Central Region winner, Tucker will receive a laptop and $1,000 for her school.
“I am thrilled and just so glad that she took advantage of an opportunity,” says Patricia Nance, Tucker’s English teacher. “I don’t always find that teenagers take advantage of their opportunities; last year I couldn’t entice any of my students to enter the contest and this year I received two very good essays. Tasha knows what is important and takes advantage of it.”
For Tucker, the decision to write about Hobson was a no-brainer. A member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Tucker had met Hobson two years ago during an Ozone Summit at VCU.
“Dr. Hobson stopped by to say hi to us during the summit and she was my primary choice of people to write about,” says Tucker. “She is such an inspirational person. She has her PhD, which only .09 percent of black women have and after she finished school, she put more time into others than in herself.”
As one of the contest winners, Tucker has been invited to a gala affair at the Richmond Marriott Hotel on January 22. There, she will read her essay and receive her laptop and a plaque. Tucker will also be featured on the Dominion website (http://www.dom.com/about/education/strong/index.jsp) from January 22 until next year’s winners are announced. Nance hopes to use the $1,000 donated to the school to purchase new cameras for the school’s library.