Essay Contest Announced for Elementary, Junior, and High School Students

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 04 2007

CONTACT: Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Essay Contest Announced for Elementary, Junior, and High School Students

Athens, W.Va. - The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Concord University announces the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest. The competition, open to area high school, middle school and elementary school students, focuses on celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. The deadline is Friday, February 16, 2006.

The intent is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about Dr. King; his message and his work and to give them an opportunity to reflect on the present and the future in light of Dr. King’s message. “We hope to help students continue their lives and education with a permanent appreciation for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs. “We hope this contest will motivate students to study his life and his work.”

A panel of Concord University faculty, staff and community members will judge the competition. First and second place winners are required to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

A $50 savings bond and a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart will be given to the first place winner in the high school, middle school and elementary divisions. The second place winner in each division will receive a $50 gift certificate and a $10 gift certificate to Wal-Mart.

The theme for all essays will focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what students have learned about immigration to the United States. Students are asked to answer these questions: Do people have a human right to live where they choose on this earth? Why or why not? How should the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affect immigration policies? What recommendations do you have regarding the current controversy surrounding immigration to the United States? A cover sheet that includes the student’s name, home mailing address and telephone number and the name of the student’s school must be attached to the essay.

The elementary division is both a poster contest and a slogan contest. Posters will be selected that best capture the essence of Dr. King’s accomplishments or vision of equality for all. Posters should be no smaller than 8 ½ by 11 inches and no larger than 17 by 11 inches. Students may draw, paint or use construction paper cut-outs, etc. to create a poster. The student’s name should appear on the back of the poster along with the school name, grade and teacher’s name. The slogan that best captures the inspiration of Dr. King will be used as the theme for the 2005 celebration at Concord University. It must be eight words or fewer.

This contest is sponsored by a grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. For more information, contact Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or


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