Students at Winton Hills Academy came together for a pep rally to kick off the school’s Stomp Out Bullying program with a special guest. Carlos Dunlap, defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, surprised students to thank them for their commitment to an anti-bullying culture.
But that wasn’t the only thing Dunlap was there for. Little did the students know that five of their classmates, Jaymya, Michael, Brashae, Zoey and Dahnell, won a national contest through the National Youth Foundation for a book they authored and illustrated. “Misunderstood Micah,” a unique story told from the bully’s perspective, beat 75 other entries from 20 different states as the winner of the 2018 National Student Book Scholar Competition, hosted by the National Youth Foundation with Dunlap, Rob Covington of the Philadelphia 76ers, Frank Mason III of the Sacramento Kings and Claire Smith of ESPN and the Baseball Hall of Fame, acting as judges.
As the winners, the students received $500 and copies of their published book signed by Dunlap. They had the chance to sit down with him talk about the parts they contributed to the book, and why they chose to write the story from the bully’s perspective.
“’Misunderstood Micah’ stood out to us,” said Dunlap. “I wanted to come out here and meet these kids because they changed the game being able to tell the story from the bully’s perspective.”
The book also will be donated to schools and libraries across the country, and Dunlap promised to bring the book along during his annual anti-bullying tour.
Wendell Young, Cincinnati Councilmember, was in attendance to proclaim the day as Winton Hills Academy Anti-Bullying Day with the National Youth Foundation and City of Cincinnati.
“City Council has taken notice of what you’ve done and we’re extremely proud,” said Young.
“I’m blown away and super proud of our students,” said Principal Ben Fulton. “It means so much to them to see Carlos come out here to show support and validate their hard work.”
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