LAKE TWP. — An eighth-grader at Lake Center Christian School has been named an MVP winner of the Scholastic Breaking Barriers Essay Contest sponsored by Major League Baseball. The contest commemorates Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and civil rights in the United States.

Rebekah Lane wrote about using Robinson’s values when she faces her own barriers. She and her language arts teacher Mindy Ickes will both receive a laptop and her class will receive Breaking Barriers T-shirts and a set of novels by Jackie Robinson’s daughter and author, Sharon Robinson.

Rebekah’s essay discusses her struggles of not knowing her birth mother and feeling misunderstood as an African-American adopted by white parents in a predominantly white community. In “Mistake to Magnificent,” she details finding herself and the importance of letting go.

She will be recognized at the Cleveland Indians game on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. She will receive an award and throw out the first pitch. Rebecca, her father, Rob Lane, and Superintendent Joseph Beeson will be with Rebecca on the infield.