Enter the MLK Jr. Essay/Video Contest

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial/Scott Ableman/CC/flickr

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial/Scott Ableman/CC/flickr

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, the Utah State Office of Education, Educational Equity Section will sponsor the 29th Annual USOE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest.

We encourage each school to print out the flyer and place it on their announcement bulletin boards.

As entries for the 2012-2013 contest students may submit:

  •  An essay of 500 words or less OR
  • A video of three (3) minutes or less

Contest Prizes:

Awards will be given in two age groups: Grades 7- 9 and Grades 10 – 12

  • Grand Prize winners:
    Essay Category (7th – 9th) – $100 cash prize & $50 Smiths gift card
    Video Category (7th – 9th) – $100 cash prize & $50 Smiths gift card
    Essay Category (10th – 12th) – $100 cash prize & Scholarship to Camp Anytown, hosted by the Utah Inclusion Center ($300 six-day camp)
    Video Category (10th – 12th) – $100 cash prize & Scholarship to Camp Anytown, hosted by the Utah Inclusion Center ($300 six-day camp)
  • Grade Level winners:
    Essay Category (four winners) —$50 cash prize & $50 Smiths gift card
    Video Category (four winners) —$50 cash prize & $50 Smiths gift card
  • In  addition, all Grand Prize and Grade Level winners will be invited to attend the Winners Luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Canyons School District Student Support Center (9361 S. and 300 East Sandy, UT), where they will receive their awards with a keynote presentation.

The theme for this year’s contest is:
As students write essays or create videos, they should reflect on the following quote and answer the three questions.
“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

Questions:

  1. How do you feel about Dr. King’s quote?
  2. What does this quote mean to you?
  3. How can you use this quote to honor Dr. King and the legacy he left the world?

This year’s contest deadline is Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 for the submission of essays and videos. Essays with the entry form, may be submitted via e-mail or by mailing them to the Utah State Office of Education, Educational Equity Office. Videos with the entry form, must be mailed or delivered to the Utah State Office of Education, Educational Equity Office.

You may also access the contest flyer and instruction packet at http://www.schools.utah.gov/equity/Martin-Luther-King-Jr–Contest.aspx

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