For the eighth straight year, Strauss Troy’s Make a Difference (MAD) Team is sponsoring an essay contest at Taft IT High School. This year’s topic challenges the students to reflect on safety in schools and to propose ways to better protect students from danger. The top writers will be invited to join the MAD Team on May 1st for the Queen City Underground Tour, followed by lunch at the firm, and an awards ceremony. Dr. LaVaughn Henry, vice president and senior regional officer of the Cincinnati branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will speak to the students. The top essay winner will receive a laptop computer. The purpose of the program is to encourage the pursuit of higher education in the field of Information Technology.