First-grader meets Gov. Rick Scott at reception

First-grader meets Gov. Rick Scott at reception
Julian Bowie’s artwork of African American leaders received honorable mention in the 2018 Black History Month Contest.
First Lady Ann Scott and Julian Bowie (left), Gov. Rick Scott, and Christy Bowie  (Photo by Jesse Romimora)

First Lady Ann Scott and Julian Bowie (left), Gov. Rick Scott, and Christy Bowie
(Photo by Jesse Romimora)

Julian Bowie, a first-grade student at Central Riverside Elementary School, was the only Duval County resident who was honored at the Governor’s Mansion March 23, thanks to his artistic endeavors for the 2018 Black History Month Student and Teacher Contest.

Bowie, who made the trip with his mother, Christy, to Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s residence in Tallahassee, titled his art “A Celebration of Innovative African American Leaders,” which honored the contributions of Mae Jemison, an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut; Elijah McCoy, an inventor and engineer; Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist, and Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, folklorist and anthropologist.

The Black History Month reception and awards were supported by Volunteer Florida, Florida Prepaid College Foundation and 12 other companies.

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