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January 13, 2012

Warner Norcross Announces Winners of MLK Essay Contest


Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced the results of its Seventh 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 200 students participated in this year’s competition.

Winners were:
 
  • Jamarius McBride, Riverside Middle School, grand prize
  • Kevin O'Neil, Center for Economicology, first runner up
  • Andruw Sandy, 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, 20 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.

McBride has been invited to read his essay at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Peace Program on Monday, Jan. 16 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. 6, if time permits. The winning essays can be read here.

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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