Principals' Memo #1024-11

Department of Education

September 27, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership Writing Contest

On behalf of Dominion Virginia Power, the Department of Education is pleased to announce the Strong Men and Women:  Excellence in Leadership Writing Contest for all high school juniors and seniors in Dominion’s Virginia service area.  Students are invited to honor outstanding African Americans by writing a 350-word essay about one of the more than 234 individuals featured in the Strong Men and Women series that answers one of the following questions:

Dominion is celebrating its twenty-second year of hosting this writing contest, which provides an opportunity for students to learn and write about strong leaders or positive role models.  Four winners will be chosen from designated geographic regions in Dominion’s service area.  Student winners of the writing contest will receive a new laptop computer, and their schools will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Contest winners will have the opportunity to read their essays to several hundred distinguished educators, community leaders, and the 2012 Strong Men and Women honorees in Richmond on the evening of Thursday, January 19, 2012.  Students and school representatives must be present to receive the awards.  Arrangements will be made with the winning schools for the student and school representative to attend the January ceremony in Richmond to receive the award.  Dominion will provide overnight accommodations for out-of-town students and school representatives.

Entries will be accepted only online at the Dominion Virginia Web site at, keyword “strong.”  All applications are due November 7, 2011, to Dominion Virginia Power.  For further information, please contact Betsy Barton, history and social science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 225-3454.