Community Invited to Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 15

Community Invited to Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 15
Posted on 01/10/2018
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MLK logoThe 19th annual community celebration of Martin Luther King Day will take place on Monday, Jan. 15. The commemoration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a ‘March for Unity’ from the Square at Union Centre over to Lakota West High School, where there will be a program followed by a free lunch for all participants. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The program will feature Dr. King’s words, music, and presentations by students who won the different categories of this year’s writing and art contest. The theme of this year’s contest was "Making the Grade" which challenged students to grade themselves and our country on our progress toward living MLK's dream for equality.

“The 14 judges had a challenging time narrowing down the field of winners,” said event coordinator Gail Webster. “We had 523 entries, more than in previous years, including some new creative approaches like videos and posters. There were so many great thoughts expressed in the entries we received.”

Congratulations to the following Lakota students who were winners in this year’s contest.

2018 “Making the Grade” Contest Winners

Elementary: The Dream: Attainable or Simply an Aspiration?
Gabrielle Walker, 6th grade, Union Elementary

Junior High: Letter to Dr. King
Anngell Darby, 8th grade, Hopewell Junior High

Special Merit, Junior High: Making the Grade Lifelong
Rithik Sinhasan, 7th grade, Hopewell Junior High

High School: “Making the Grade” speech
Jacob Wilson, 9th grade, Lakota West Freshman

Fine Arts: Handprints of Equality video
Callie Dillard, Jacob Meister, Ximena Mendosa, Josue Mota, Amane Ohhashi, Reese Stanard – 6th grade, Freedom Elementary

Grand Prize: MLK Trifold: Expectation vs. Reality
Jillian Phillips and Kira Thornsburg, 6th grade, Freedom Elementary

MLK Song: Music video, with original artwork, lyrics and melody (to be performed live at program)
Max Lenhoff, Quinn Cooper, Sawyer Rock – 6th grade, Freedom Elementary