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Jan 2013
January 14, 2013

Warner Norcross Announces Winners of MLK Essay Contest

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

The contest, which was open to all sixth-grade students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools, 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.  More than 250 students participated in this year’s competition.

Winners were:
  • Daijon Miller, Riverside Middle School, grand prize
  • Tyevon Williams, Riverside Middle School, first runner up
  • Rashon Adams, Alger Middle School, second runner up
Each winning student will receive a certificate of deposit and a gift card to a local bookstore. Additionally, 21 students received an honorable mention and will receive a gift card to a local bookstore.  All participating students will receive a personalized certificate of completion.

Miller has been invited to read his essay at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Peace Program on Monday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. following the Community Peace March and again at the Annual Celebration program that evening at 6 p.m.  Both events will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. All winners and honorable mentions are invited to attend both events and will be recognized as a group.

The three winning students will be given an opportunity to read their essays at the GRPS Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, if time permits. Warner Norcross Diversity Partner Rodney Martin will be in attendance to introduce the winning students and will present each winner and honorable mention student in attendance that night with their prizes and certificates.

The winning essays will be published on the Warner Norcross diversity web site,

Essays were judged by more than 40 Warner Norcross attorneys and staff according to Michigan Education Assessment Program guidelines for narrative writing.  The essays were evaluated for ideas, organization and style, along with knowledge of Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement.
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