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Jan 2011
January 17, 2011

Warner Norcross Announces Winners of King Essay Contest

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced the results of its Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.

The contest, which was open to all Grand Rapids Public Schools sixth-graders, asked the students to prepare an essay focused on how Dr. King's legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live. Approximately 140 students participated in this year’s competition.

Winners were:

  • Violet Rose Butts, Center for Economicology, first place
  • Grace Cameron, Zoo School, first runner up
  • Alena Dickerson, Riverside Middle School, second runner up

Each winning student will receive a U.S. savings bond and a gift card to a local bookstore. Additionally, 17 students from seven schools received an honorable mention and will receive a gift card to a local bookstore.

Butts will read her essay during the Grand Rapids Community College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events on Monday, Jan. 17. All winners will be invited to read their essays at the Grand Rapids Public School board meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. The winning essays can be read at

Essays were judged by Warner Norcross attorneys and staff according to Michigan Education Assessment Program scoring guidelines that included originality, clarity, organization and knowledge of Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement.

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