City of Victorville Announces Winner of Inaugural Civil Rights Essay Contest

Mayor Gloria Garcia, Reiner Yabut, VESD Superintendent Jan Gonzalez photo credit_Eric Camerena

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)—The City of Victorville announced the winner of its first Civil Rights Essay Contest is Reiner Yabut, a seventh-grader at Cobalt Institute of Math and Science.  Yabut penned his winning essay about Civil Rights Leader, Asa Philip Randolph last year while attending Galileo Academy.  A portion of Yabut’s winning essay will be displayed on a bronze plaque in the City’s Civil Rights Memorial.

The Civil Rights Essay Contest is sponsored by The City of Victorville in collaboration with Victor Elementary School District.   Students were asked to write about a U.S. Civil Rights Leader and explain why the leader should be honored within the City’s Civil Rights Memorial.  Essays were evaluated on the basis of content, research, expression and originality.

Victor Elementary School District Superintendent, Jan Gonzales said, “We are very proud of Reiner for having the creativity to write about a Civil Rights Leader who, while not as well known as others, played a very important role in the Civil Rights Movement.”  She went on to say, “I would like to thank the City of Victorville for providing not only a Civil Rights Memorial but a wonderful opportunity for students from Victorville.”

“I am pleased to recognize Reiner for his winning essay about Asa Philip Randolph,” said Gloria Garcia, Mayor of Victorville.  “The City’s vision is to continue the essay contest until the Memorial is filled with plaques honoring Civil Rights Leaders who changed our nation for the benefit of all people.”

Each plaque will contain the winning student’s name, a portion of their essay, the school they attend, and the name of the sponsor that funded the plaque.  The plaque honoring Asa Philip Randolph was sponsored by Riverside Preparatory School.  A plaque honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has been sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta for inclusion at the Memorial.

Yabut’s winning essay will be published on the City of Victorville website at

For more information about the Victorville Civil Rights Memorial or to sponsor a bronze plaque call (760) 955-3306.

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