Jackie Robinson’s daughter to visit Baker School after essay contest

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

"When Mrs. Fountain told me, my jaw dropped to the floor," shesaid. "I was not expecting that.

“I don't think mine was any better than anyone else's; that was why it was such a big surprise.”

In her essay, Hurley wrote about how she took control of her self-image.

"When I was younger, I wasn't comfortable with how I looked," Hurley said. "I don't think it’s a problem to be overweight, but if you are not comfortable with who you are, then only you can change that."

Hurley became more active, participating with her aunt and uncle, Angila and Bob Walker, in 5K runs. Through it all, the student maintains a 4.0 grade point average while playing in the school's middle-school volleyball, varsity track and cheerleading teams.  

"They were so proud of her; there wasn't a jealousy feeling towards her," Fountain said. "That is how Baker is, and that is what makes Baker special."

Sharon Robinson did not immediately reply to an email seeking further comment on the contest.

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