This year was the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest, in honor of his birthday and lasting legacy. This contest is an opportunity for Utah’s seventh through twelfth grade students to continue to find new meaning and applications for the legacy Dr. King left to the world in the area of human and civil rights.
In collaboration with Elizabeth Ziegler, Educational Equity was excited to announce, for the 2012 MLK contest, a new video category. This year, students had the option to submit either essays or videos.
A total of 638 entries were submitted for the essay category, and there were 16 entries for the video category. The 2012 contest theme was, “How are you demonstrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of unity in your life?”
Over all, there were 19 students selected from Utah schools as grade-level winners, including three grand prize essay winners and one grand prize video group entry winner.
This is the first year the contest had a three-way tie for the essay grand prize. The three grand prize winners are:
- Cassidy Hills, from Woods Cross High School, Davis S.D.
- Elena Rodriguez from Alpine Academy
- Johnathan Tarancon from NUAMES Charter school
Cassidy Hills is joining us today to read her essay titled “Breaking Down Walls.”
The grand prize winners of the video group category are from Woods Cross High School in Davis School District (Principal Steven Park). Four students from Ms. Virginia Riley’s English class – Natalie Brockbank, Cole Davis, Zach Hosman and Matt Zimmerman – are here today to show their winning video titled “Eliminating Discrimination & Violence.”