2018-01-12 / Local News

MLK art and essay contest winners announced

Winners will be recognized Monday at Limestone College’s MLK celebration

The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest winners are announced. They will be recognized at Limestone College during the annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 15.

The guest speaker for the event is Bishop M. Garrison, a national political advisor. Garrison worked with the Obama administration in veterans affairs and in the Department of Homeland Security and as a deputy foreign policy advisor with the Clinton campaign. Originally from Lexington, S.C., he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002. He served two one-year tours in Iraq with the army’s third calvary regiment, also known as the “Brave Rifles,” and is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal and a Combat Action Badge. After his time in the army, he graduated from the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va. He served in the Obama-Biden reelection campaign as the Director of Constituency Outreach and the Director of Veterans Outreach for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Following Garrison’s remarks, the MLK contest winners will be recognized.

First place winners in art in the secondary division are Tori Smith of Blacksburg High School; Ivy Chen of Blacksburg Middle and Landon Ruffner of Northwest are the middle and elementary winners.

Second place winners in art are Leeanna Hames of Blacksburg High, Zoe Dearing of Blacksburg Middle and Kayla Logan of Blacksburg Elementary.

Third place winners in art are Jasmine Corry of Blacksburg High, Lucas Earl of Blacksburg Middle and Gage Parks of Grassy Pond Elementary.

In the essay contest, first place winners are Alia Smith of Blacksburg High, Amber Perkins of Blacksburg Middle and Kyle Martin of Corinth Elementary.

Second place essay winners are Matt Evans of Blacksburg High, Amaya Childers of Blacksburg Middle and Anna Brasington of Northwest Elementary.

Third place essay winners are Heather Harris of Blacksburg High, Allee Crater of Blacksburg Middle and Malcolm Proctor of Luther Vaughan Elementary.

All of the winners are invited to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Limestone College’s Fullerton Auditorium on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m., at which time they will be introduced and presented awards.

All first place winners and a parent are invited to a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Stephenson Dining Hall. The winning posters will be displayed and each essay winner will be asked to read their essay aloud. Each first place winner will be presented with a gift certificate.

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