Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and his message of equality, and three Western Pines Middle School students were honored for their ability to articulate their vision of his Dream during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Scholarship Breakfast held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on the holiday.
The students, Andrea Davino, Kiera Friedman and Kennady Johnson, placed first, second, and third place respectively in the Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee essay contest.
Victoria Lawrence, a junior at Seminole Ridge High School, was the first place winner for her oratorical performance.
The theme of this year’s essay contest was “Honor the Dream: Walk with Courage, Dignity and Hope”, and the students were judged on their message, literary techniques, ability to support facts for their arguments, and organization of the essay. The students and their parents were invited to the Breakfast to receive their recognition.
The Scholarship Breakfast also honored students who won the committee’s art, oratory, performing arts, poetry and photography competition. Twelfth grade students who placed first in one of the categories were also eligible for the MLKCC Achiever scholarship. The high school winner of the Oratorical contest was also invited to recite the winning speech as part of the morning’s celebration.
According to their website, the mission of the The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee’s (MLKCC) is to provide cultural activities to honor Dr. King and to enable people to reflect on his life and teachings through education, cultural performances, exhibitions and events. These multi-ethnic, family oriented activities garner the support of families, community leaders and activists to motivate students, enrich their lives, and launch them toward careers in their area of interest.