Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Jan. 18: Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Student Winners
Posted on 01/06/2021
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MLK Celebration Jan. 18 at 10 amThe entire West Chester Liberty community is invited to attend a virtual edition of the 22nd annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. 

This year’s student contest, themed “Reinventing Reforms,” challenged students to reflect on what they can do personally, using the resources of this era, to carry on the work started by MLK. All winning essays, skits, songs, artwork or video will be recognized and shared during the virtual program, also complete with a keynote address, music and other elements from the traditional in-person celebration.

Congratulations to this year's student winners: 

Early Childhood Awards

  • Caroline Hoover - 2nd grade, Wyandot ECS

Elementary School Awards

  • Fine Art: Nicci Back, 3rd grade, homeschool student

  • Special Merit: Braeden Pfeffer - 6th grade, Independence Elementary

  • English Language Learner: Laura Rivera Joya - 6th grade, Independence Elementary

  • Overall: Kiri Smith - 6th grade, Independence Elementary

Junior School Awards

  • Special Merit Fine Art: Cecilia Bonsu - 8th grade, Ridge Junior School

  • English Language Learner Fine Art: Usman Ahmed - 7th grade, Hopewell Junior School

  • Fine Art: Cara Simon, Kailey Helton, Kya Smith and Sarang Back - 8th grade, Hopewell Junior School

  • Special Merit: Constance Stephenson - 8th grade, Hopewell Junior School

  • English Language Learner: Ahmed Salem - 8th grade, Hopewell Junior School

  • Overall: Alexis Zimmerman - 8th grade, Hopewell Junior School

High School Awards

  • Special Merit Fine Art: Christy Rosa - Junior, Lakota West

  • English Language Learner Fine Art: Alex Afari - Junior, Lakota West

  • Fine Art: Chance Gray - Junior, Lakota West

  • English Language Learner: Prahlad Rimal - Freshman, Lakota East Freshman

  • Overall: Sidney Zawila - 9th grade, Lakota East

Grand Prize Awards

  • Grand Prize Fine Art: Ed Bolden - Senior, Lakota West

  • Overall Grand Prize: Caroline King - 8th grade, Hopewell Junior School

In place of the usual “March for Unity” from Union Centre’s Clock Tower to Lakota West High School, the community is encouraged to post photos to social media of them marching for unity or examples of how they “live the dream”, using #MLKDayWCL. A special food drive throughout January benefiting Reach Out Lakota and Faith United Methodist church is being added to this year’s event. Specific drop-off locations include Christ the King Lutheran Church, Edge Teen Center and the West Chester Police Department or directly to either Reach Out Lakota or Faith United Methodist Church. 

The program will air at 10 a.m. via West Chester's Spectrum public access channels 4 and 15 and will also be posted on the Live the Dream website. The program can also be accessed on the Lakota YouTube channel, West Chester Township YouTube channel or the West Chester Township Vimeo channel.