City of Victorville Recognizes Winner of Annual Civil Rights Essay Contest

VESD Superintendent Jan Gonzalez, Essay Winnter Diego LeComte, Teacher from Challenger Mrs. Kinney

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)— The City of Victorville announced that local student, Diego LeComte is the winner of its annual Civil Rights Essay Contest.  A portion of LeComte’s winning essay about Civil Rights Leader, Frederick Douglass is now displayed on a bronze plaque in the City’s Civil Rights Memorial.

“Our Civil Rights Memorial is dedicated to honoring the individuals who fought to better the lives of all people,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia.   “We are pleased to display Diego’s winning essay about Frederick Douglass at the Memorial so future generations can learn of his significant place in American History.

LeComte penned his winning essay about Civil Rights Leader, Frederick Douglass last year while attending Challenger Elementary.  Diego is now a seventh grader at Cobalt Institute of Math and Science.

Civil Rights Memorial on a rainy High Desert day

Victor Elementary School District Superintendent, Jan Gonzales said, “We are very proud of Diego for having the creativity to write about a civil rights leader who gave a voice to the voiceless African-Americans and went on to fight for women’s rights.”  She went on to say, “This essay contest is a learning experience the students will never forget.  Participation in the Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest promotes skills that we want all students to develop.”

The Civil Rights Essay Contest is sponsored by The City of Victorville in collaboration with Victor Elementary School District and Oro Grande School District.   Fifth and sixth-grade students are asked to write about a U.S. Civil Rights leader.  Essays are evaluated on the basis of content, research, expression and originality.

The bronze plaque featuring Diego’s winning essay about Frederick Douglass was unveiled on Jan. 16, during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Peace March Ceremony.

The Victorville Civil Rights Memorial is located at Victorville City Hall.  All plaques within the memorial contain the winning student’s name, a portion of their essay, the school they attend, and the sponsor that funded the plaque.  The plaque honoring Frederick Douglass has been sponsored by Riverside Preparatory School.
Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the Civil Rights Memorial are encouraged to visit the City of Victorville website at:, or call (760) 955-3306.


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