For 61 years Chicago area youngsters have competed for the opportunity to represent all children everywhere in the world famous Bud Billiken Parade; 2010 is no exception.
For 61 years Chicago area youngsters have competed for the opportunity to represent all children everywhere in the world famous Bud Billiken Parade; 2010 is no exception. The competition began with 17 boys and girls. Of the 12 who made it to the final phase of the essay competition; 11 made it to the finish line in stellar fashion. Each contestant had to write an essay on the topic of “Social Responsibility” as well as secure subscriptions to the Chicago Defender. For the past few weeks, we have all been watching the Vote Report and following the progress of each contestant. The essays have been graded and scored. The subscriptions have been counted and the numbers verified by the accounting firm of Velma Butler and Company. Prizes for the contest are issued separately for the Essay Competition and the Subscription Effort. In addition to other prizes and awards, the children who placed first second and third in the Essay Competition receive a desk top computer. Each child who actively participated in the Subscription Effort receives a cash award. The boys and girls who earned the most points from both the Essay Competition and the Subscription Effort become the members of the Royal Court of the 2010 Bud Billiken Parade. The King and Queen of the parade win an all-expense-paid family vacation for four to Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. All prizes will be presented at the King and Queen Coronation on Sunday, August 8 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The children’s essays will appear in the August 11 edition of the Chicago Defender. Introducing the 2010 Bud Billiken Parade Royal Court – • King William H. Boston III is a member of the Evergreen Park Stallions, plays football, basketball and the piano. • Queen Leah Means is a member of the Chi-Town Cheerleaders and likes playing board games, electronic games and cooking. • Prince Chad Larry plays basketball and other sports, video games and the violin. If you ask him he will tell you, “I am a Chipotle Investor.” • Princess Superior Malik-Clark is a Chi-Town Cheerleader, principal scholar and a member of the Dance Club. • Lady Kayla Rias likes to read, and play with her wii game. She is a member of New Life Covenant Church –Hip Kids and Girl Scouts of America. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender
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