Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Dec 02 2003

Celebrate the Life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Writing Contest for Primary, Middle and High School Students

Athens, W. Va. - The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Concord College is pleased to announce the formation of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. This contest offers area high school, middle school and elementary school students the opportunity to participate in a competition focusing on celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 9, 2004.

The intent of the essay contest is to provide all students with an opportunity to learn about Dr. King, his message and his work and to give students an opportunity to reflect on our present and the future in light of Dr. King’s message.

A panel composed of Concord College faculty and staff and members of the community will judge the essays. Award winners will be required to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 19, 2004, at Concord College and present their essay.

A $50 savings bond and a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart will be given to the high school student who writes a winning essay of 1,500 words focusing on “Moving Beyond Dreams to Practice: West Virginia’s Challenge.” Suggested readings include Dr. King’s speeches “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968) and “I Have a Dream” (1963). The second place winner will receive a $100 savings bond and a $50 gift certificate to Wal-Mart.

A $50 savings bond and a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart will be given as first prize to the middle school student who creates a script and a tape or CD for a 30-second radio spot that could be broadcast on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to remind listeners of the meaning of the day and to encourage them to do their part to increase understanding and improve relations among people of all races. The second place winner will receive a $50 savings bond and a $10 gift certificate to Wal-Mart.

A $50 savings bond and a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart will be given to the elementary school student (grades 3-5) who writes a winning essay of 200-300 words focusing on the theme “How I Can Be A Peacemaker.” The second place winner will receive a $50 savings bond and a $10 gift certificate to Wal-Mart.

“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 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. Submit all entries to: Concord College, Office of Multicultural Affairs, College Box 86, PO Box 100, Athens, WV 24712-1000. Or, entries can be delivered to the Office of Multicultural Affairs located on the ground floor of the College Center directly across from the Post Office.

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 nellison@concord.edu.

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