MLK Contest Winners Include Northern Panhandle Students

The student winners from the Project on Racism Contest and 37th Annual Poster Competition, sponsored by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, includes several students from the Northern Panhandle.

The Project on Racism Contest was presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission and the YWCA Wheeling. Entries were accepted for essays, music, and five-minute films and was open to any student from grades 1-12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in West Virginia.

“The young people in our state have creativity and passion,” said HHOMA Executive Director and Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission Chair Jill Upson. “We are honored to take part in recognizing them, what they have to say and what they have achieved.”

All entries must have focused on the following quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Among the local winners were:

Award recipients for each category are listed below.

Essay Awards

K-5th Grade:

Third Place: Paxton Matthews, Bethlehem Elementary School, Third Grade

6th-8th Grade:

First Place: Audrey Ferguson, Warwood Middle School, Eighth Grade

Third Place: Julia Dunaway, Triadelphia Middle School, Seventh Grade

Film Awards

First Place (Group Entry): Hunter Kelley, Everett Poole, Xander Plute, Nico Hoellwarth, Almira Ramazanova, Abolaji Oke, Nick Earls, Cole Grimm & Sam Gorence, The Linsly School, 11th & 12th Grades

Third Place: Kinsley Edgmon, West Liberty Elementary School, Fifth Grade

Song Awards

First Place: Juanita Garcia, The Linsly School, 11th Grade

HHOMA will host a virtual award ceremony to celebrate the student winners, which can be viewed Saturday at 5 p.m. on HHOMA’s Facebook page or on Monday at 9:30 p.m. from WV Public Broadcasting, the West Virginia Channel, directly following the broadcast of the annual Ecumenical Service.


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