2015 recipient Shantell Hert now studies at Chicago State University, where she majors in English literature. Congratulations to Shantell and the entire Hirsch High School  Class of 2015!


The Eric Williams Determined Spirit Award is named for Sacred Ground founder Mary Long's son, who was killed by gun violence shortly after the organization was founded.  

For the last three years, Sacred Ground has sponsored a senior who is set to graduate from Hirsch High School. He or she receives an award and a monetary stipend to recognize that he or she overcame obstacles and stayed determine to graduate from high school.          

If you are  a Hirsch High School senior and want to apply for the Eric Williams Determined Spirit Award, please email Mary Long at marylong9686@yahoo.com.