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Mlk Jr Essay Contest For High School

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The winners of Paducah-McCracken Co. NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest have been announced.

Students from McCracken County, Paducah City, and St. Mary’s school districts were asked to write essays reflecting on the life and work of Dr. King and addressing the issues of today.

The winners for each grade group are below. You can also read the first place essays of the middle school and high school winners at the bottom of this article.


Elementary School- Grades Kindergarten- 3rd

  • 1st Place- Collins Martin- St. Mary Elem. School
  • 2nd Place- Bryleigh Hayden- St. Mary Elm School
  • 3rd Place- Braxton Patton- McNabb Elementary School
  • *Honorable Mention- Brayden Hatton- McNabb Elem
  • Rosie Deaton- Heath Elementary

Elementary School- Grades 4th-6th

  • 1st Place- Byron Caldwell- McNabb Elem
  • 2nd Place- Matthew King- St. Mary Elem
  • 3rd Place- Shania Robinson- McNabb Elem
  • *Honorable Mention- Harper Orr-Concord Elem

Middle School- Grades 7-8th

  • 1st Place- Jaaziah Patrick- Paducah Middle School
  • 2nd Place- Meghan Gruber- Paducah Middle School
  • 3rd Place- Noland Durham
  • *Honorable Mention- Ava Kelly- Heath Middle School

High School Grades 9-12

  • 1st Place- Shoavion Davis- Paducah Tilghman High School
  • 2nd Place- Keyshun Curry- Paducah Tilghman
  • 3rd Place- Kate Criner- Paducah Tilghman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Liberal Arts Diversity Advisory Committee is providing all Purdue students, as well as high school juniors and seniors, with an opportunity to respond to one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quotes.

The College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest. All Purdue students and high school juniors and seniors are welcome to participate.

Contest participants can write and submit a 750-1,000 word essay on the meaning of this quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” First-, second- and third-place contest winners will receive Amazon gift cards as prizes.

Throughout their essays, participants should work to answer the following questions:

* Does “anywhere” in this quote apply to all people, even those that are not in our community?

* How should we perceive justice for people who are not like us?

The window for essay submissions will be open from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1. Essays must be submitted through email to htittleh@purdue.edu and students should write, “Liberal arts MLK essay contest,” in the subject line of their email submissions.   

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest, contact Holly Tittle-Hudson, administrative assistant in the College of Liberal Arts, at htittleh@purdue.edu. 

Writer: Olivia Crouse, ocrouse@purdue.edu 

Source: Holly Tittle-Hudson, 765-494-0919, htittleh@purdue.edu