Essay and Video Contest Winners

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Essay and Video Contest Winners

The Utah State Office of Education Wednesday named the junior and senior high winners of the agency’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Video Contest.

Grand prize winners are those students who took top prizes in either the senior or junior high category. Grand prize winners each received $150 (cash prize was split for those working in teams). A $75 prize was given to each grade level winner among essays and to a runner up among junior and senior high school video entrants. Again, the cash prize was split if a team was involved.

There were 38 video and 714 essays entered in the contest this year. Winners are determined by a panel of judges at the Utah State Office of Education. All winners were honored with a luncheon at the Hilda B. Jones Center in the Salt Lake City School District.

Grand prize winners are:

  • Chloe Fowers, a ninth grader at Syracuse Arts Academy in Syracuse (junior high essay)
  • Cheyenne Chrisman, a junior at Alpine Academy in Erda (senior high essay)
  • Anna Kammerman, Arica Pratt, Nimbona Udes from Kearns Junior High School in Kearns (junior high video
  • Abby Barney, Stefan Pham, Saul Ramos-Ortega from Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville (senior high video)

Grade-level essay contest winners are:

  • Caroleena Vidal, a seventh grader at Draper Park Middle School in Draper
  • Kate Baadsgaard, an eighth grader at Spanish Fork Junior High in Spanish Fork
  • Jacob Cline, a sophomore at Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross
  • Samuel Cottam, a senior at Woods Cross High School

Grade-level video contest winners are:

  • Heidi Heki, a Syracuse Arts Academy student, in the junior high category
  • McKenna Brown, Jenna Davis, Maddie Dalley, Lauren Johnson, Chelsea, Woods Cross High School students in the senior high category.

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