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Belleview High School student’s essay earns 4-year college scholarship

Valeria Alfonzo Molina
Valeria Alfonzo Molina

When Valeria Alfonzo Molina wrote her essay about James Weldon Johnson earlier this year, she figured it would measure up with others submitted by high school students across Florida.

The Belleview High School senior only dreamed of winning the annual Black History Month essay contest sponsored in part by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and promoted by Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis.

Alfonzo Molina’s dream came true earlier this week when Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office issued a press release with her name as the winning high school writer. Her prize? A prepaid four-year college scholarship through the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. The winning names were announced by Casey DeSantis.

In her essay, Alfonzo Molina wrote about Johnson, a Florida-born educator, poet, novelist, journalist, anthologist, diplomat, lyricist, lawyer and civil rights activist.

Black History Month is celebrated each year in Florida during February, and this year’s contest theme was “Community Champions – Celebrating the Contributions of African Americans in Florida’s Communities,” sponsored by the Florida Lottery and other partners.

Just seven years ago, Belleview High produced another winner in the very same contest. Then-student Javan Latson captured top honors for all high school writers and also won a four-year, pre-paid college scholarship.

For more information, contact Belleview High School Principal Heather Guest at (352) 671.6210 or [email protected] or visit the governor’s office website.