Baker School welcomes Jackie Robinson’s daughter (ESSAY)

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Olivia Hurley, 12, receives a laptop computer from Sharon Robinson, left, and Major League Baseball representative Kevin Ross during a pep rally today in the Baker School gymnasium. Hurley was a first-place winner in the Breaking Barriers essay contest. Jackie Robinson -- Sharon's father who broke the color barrier in 1947, becoming the first black professional baseball player -- inspired the contest.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM.

Editor's Note: An expanded version of this article appears in the May 25 Crestview News Bulletin.

BAKER — Excitement surrounded Baker School on Wednesday with the arrival of best-selling author Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.  

Robinson visited the school to meet Olivia Hurley, who won first place in Major League Baseball and Scholastic’s national Breaking Barriers essay contest.

See top-left "Related Articles" link for a copy of Olivia Hurley's prize-winning essay.

The Breaking Barriers contest required students to write about overcoming physical or emotional barriers, muck like famed baseball player Jackie Robinson had. Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier in professional baseball when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Olivia wrote about taking control of her unhealthy lifestyle and repairing her self-image. Her essay was one of ten submissions recognized among 18,700 entered from across the country.

“It's a great essay; she is a good writer," Robinson said. "You’re not surprised, when you meet her, that she has got spirit ... it comes through so beautifully in that essay.”

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