Once upon a time, while growing up in Kentucky, Alecia Whitaker (pictured) won a 4th Grade Soil Conservation Essay contest. She’s since made good on that promise and this coming Monday, after a weekend panel stop at the Southern Festival of Books in Tennessee, the Queens-based multi-hyphenate (and mother of two) will be back in Kentucky.
Whitaker is speaking at a pair of local middle schools. But in between, there will be lunch at Murray State University. Per a contest created by the author, one lucky student from each high school will be joining her for that repast:
To win the chance to skip school and have lunch with me, all you have to do is give me a great reason why you deserve it. Maybe your boyfriend-girlfriend just broke up with you. Maybe you’re a new kid in town. Maybe you woke up with a terrible zit on your nose and you’re dreading that moment in the cafeteria when you run into your crush!