Concord University Announces The Winners of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Competition

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 11 2006

Concord University Announces The Winners of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Competition

Athens, W.Va. - The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Concord University recently held an essay competition in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The competition, which was open to area high school, middle school and elementary school students, was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about Dr. King, his message and his work and to give students the opportunity to reflect on our present and the future in light of Dr. King’s message. “I hope all participants will develop a permanent appreciation for Dr. King,” commented Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs at Concord.

To prepare for the competition, students were to read a brief biography of Ms. Joan Browning who was a freedom rider in Albany, Georgia, in 1961. Ms. Browning also had the opportunity to meet Dr. King and hear him lecture in 1961. They were also to read Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail.

First prize in the high school division was awarded to Erin Farley from PikeView High School for her essay entitled “Dear Mr. Injustice.” Second prize was awarded to Jordan Ellison from PikeView High School for his essay entitled “Planning to Speak Out.”

In the middle school division, first prize was awarded to Matthew Lilly from Princeton Middle School for his essay entitled “Martin Luther King and Joan Browning: Reflections on the letter from Birmingham jail.” Second prize was awarded to Anthony Veneri from Princeton Middle School for his essay entitled “Speaking out Against Injustice.”

Elementary school students were to create a poster or write a slogan, which captured the essence of Dr. King’s accomplishments or vision of equality for all. First prize for the best poster was awarded to Sophie Rose Kemp-Sherman from Greenbrier Episcopal School. There was a tie for second prize in the poster contest between Brandi Billings and Lacey Kay Dart, both from Athens School. A special honorable mention prize was awarded to Konner Lively from Princeton Primary School for his outstanding poster.

First prize in the slogan contest was awarded to Nick Yost of Athens School for his slogan “The Dream That Changed Reality Forever.” His slogan will be used as a theme for this year’s program. Second prize was awarded to Madison Caruth from Athens School for her slogan, “Freedom Rings for Dreams, Faith, Love and Leadership.”

A competition was also held at the university level with Choskie Harmon of Princeton taking first prize, which was a $1,000 scholarship. Second prize of a $500 scholarship was awarded to Ashley Hicks.

Ms. Joan Browning will be the speaker for this year’s celebration, which will be held on Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord University.

For more information, contact Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or


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