Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Dec 09 2004

January 10 Deadline for Martin Luther King Writing Contest

Athens, W.Va. - The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Concord University 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 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The deadline for entries is Monday, January 10, 2005.

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.

The essays will be judged by a panel composed of Concord University faculty and staff and members of the community. Award winners will be required to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 17, 2005, and present their work.

A $250 savings bond and a $50 gift certificate to Wal-Mart will be given to the high school student who writes a winning essay of 1,500 words focusing on “Overcoming Oppression and Violence without Resorting to Violence and Oppression.” Suggested reading is Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (1964). 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 writes a winning essay of 700 words focusing on the quote by Dr. King, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.” Suggested reading is Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (1964). 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 creates the winning poster or writes the slogan that best captures the inspiration of Dr. King. Entries to the poster competition should be no smaller than 8 ½ by 11 inches and no larger than 17 by 11 inches. Students may draw or paint or use construction paper cut-outs, etc., to create a poster that best captures the essence of Dr. King’s accomplishments or vision of equality for all. Posters will survive best if mailed in tubes. The second place winner in the poster or slogan competition 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, mailing address, school attending, and telephone number must be attached to the essay, poster or slogan. Submit all entries to: Concord University, Office of Multicultural Affairs, PO Box 1000, Campus Box 86, Athens, WV 24712.

Entries may be delivered to the Office of Multicultural Affairs located on the ground floor of the Student 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 Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or nellison@concord.edu.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.