Highland Park Mayor Deandre Windom and Kenedi Treasure are teaming up to host a city wide essay contest. The prizes are enough to make any 9 - 19 year-old want to enter. Not only will the Mayor personally deliver a Thanksgiving feast for eight provided by K.I.T.E (Konnecting the Incarcerated Through Excellence) and Kenedi Treasure, winners will also receive tickets to the Mindless Behavior teen celebrity party featuring Black Nativity star and singer Jacob Latimore plus YMCMB’s Torion Sellers.
The VIP Mindless Holiday is set for November 30, 2013 at 6p.m. at Skate World of Troy on 2825 Maple Road. Tickets are on sale at www.welovemindless.com.
The sisters behind the project, Kenedi and Treasure Bishop are excited about the event, especially since it will be their first major teen celebrity even in the city they were born in. as it marks a homecoming of sorts. They're known in Atlanta for their brand of teen cosmetics, celebrity teen parties and more. Most recently, one of the sisters was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Atlanta.
“We are excited to come back and have so many of our family, friends and whole city support us,” said 18 year-old Treasure Bishop. “It’s a great feeling to see that our efforts are being recognized. Most importantly, it’s a reminder that our dad gave us to never forget who we are and where we came from.”
The only rule, she explained, is that entrants must attend a Highland Park Public School and the essay contest is open to students between the ages of 9 and 18.
“Contestants must write a one page essay of at least 500 words on the topic ‘The Reason Why I Love The City of Highland Park’. They must include one fun fact about the city, say what they would do to better the community if they were Mayor,” she said. “You can contact your school to find out more information.”
“They will be judged based on proper grammar, excellent spelling, style, originality, creativity and content,” added 16 year-old Kenedi. “Basically, we and Mayor Windom will be looking for the most well thought out essay. It’s a great chance to show how much you love your city. Sure we want the event to be a major thing but after the event is over Highland Park is still home and we have to work together to make it awesome. I was raised in Highland Park and went to George Washington Carver and Henry Ford Academy schools before I moved to Atlanta so this is really personal for me. ”
The Bishops also confirmed that there are discounted tickets for those who bring toys to the event which will be distributed through non-profit K.I.T.E.
The quartet known as Mindless burst onto the music scene back in 2008 with hits such as My Girl and have sealed their spot as the ‘it’ R&B boy band of their generation. Touring with the likes of the Backstreet Boys and Justin Bieber plus being sole opening act for Janet Jackson's 2011 tour further confirms the young hitmakers’ place in music, further recognized when they won the BET Awards Coca Cola's Viewer's Choice Award.
Meanwhile, Latimore has several hits under his belt but has made a successful transition into acting. Previews for his upcoming film Black Nativity already has critics hailing him as a true crossover talent playing alongside Hollywood heavyweights Jenifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Forrest Whittaker, Mary J.Blige, Tyrese Gibson and Nasir Jones.