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Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest

One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In celebration of the anniversary of this momentous event, the Pittsburgh Pirates invited schools and organizations to participate in the Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest.

The contest, which was open to students in grades three through eight in the greater Pittsburgh region, challenged students to express their thoughts creatively about Robinson's nine values for success in either piece of art, a poem or an essay. The contest was free to enter, simple for teachers, and could be tailored to meet educational requirements.

JACKIE ROBINSON'S NINE VALUES OF SUCCESS INCLUDE:

COURAGE, DETERMINATION, TEAMWORK, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY, CITIZENSHIP, JUSTICE, COMMITMENT AND EXCELLENCE.

Students had three opportunities to participate:
  • ART: Submit an original piece of artwork depicting one or more of the following: What Jackie Robinson means to you? How Jackie Robinson's life impacted your own? Clear understanding of one of his nine values of success.
  • ESSAY: Write a 100-200 word essay that chronicles the personal struggles of Jackie Robinson.
  • POETRY: Write a 10-12 line poem that explores one or more of Jackie Robinson's nine values of success.

Entries were divided into age categories to assure that each student was given a fair opportunity to win (i.e. grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8).

Students were asked to submit original work stapled to completed entry forms postmarked by Friday, March 21, 2014.

Winners were honored during an on-field ceremony before the Pirates took on the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on Friday, April 18, 2014.

For more information, please contact Chaz Kellem at 412-325-4731 or chaz.kellem@pirates.com.

2014 Pirates Jackie Robinson Poetry & Essay Winners:

Winning Art
3rd & 4th Grade Poetry Winners
1st Place - Sophia
2nd Place - Emily
3rd & 4th Grade Essay Winners
1st Place - Madison
2nd Place - Ashlyn
3rd & 4th Grade Art Winners
1st Place - Kayla
2nd Place - Brooklyn
5th & 6th Grade Poetry Winners
1st Place - Anna
2nd Place - Shamus
5th & 6th Grade Essay Winners
1st Place - Richa
2nd Place - Dynasti
5th & 6th Grade Art Winners
1st Place - Lucia
2nd Place - Mallory
7th & 8th Grade Poetry Winners
1st Place - Justin
2nd Place - Kaitlyn
7th & 8th Grade Essay Winners
1st Place - Alexander
2nd Place - Juliana
7th & 8th Grade Art Winners
1st Place - Casey
2nd Place - Katie

Among the schools represented are: Boyce Middle School, Brownsville Area Middle School, Burchfield Primary - Shaler Area, Central Elementary School, East Catholic, Economy Elementary, Founders Hall, McKinley/Lisbon Ohio School, Indiana Area Junior High, Myrtle Avenue Elementary, Pittsburgh Fulton Elementary, Pittsburgh West Liberty, Rogers Elementary School, Saint Alexis School, Shaler Area Middle School, South Fayette Middle School, State Street Elementary School, West Allegheny Middle School.