MLK Jr. Essay Contest
Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
Each year on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for our nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. He fought for the freedom, dignity, and equality of all races and people.
Students in Middle School and High School are asked to write an essay based on a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Up to 5 essays may be submitted by a single school.
This contest is free for Department of Student Programs member schools.
Non-member schools will be charged $10 per essay that is submitted.
ENTRY SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
The entry deadline is February 28, 2023.
2022 CONTEST WINNERS:
1st Place: Mya Reed, Clifford Pierce Middle School, Merrillville
2nd Place: Barrie Terman, Clay Middle School, Carmel
3rd Place: Aparna Prasad, Creekside Middle School, Carmel
2022 CONTEST WINNERS:
1st Place: Kylee Nichols, Carmel High School
2nd Place: Anderson Robb, Benton Central Jr/Sr High School, Oxford
3rd Place: Victor Cuevas, Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis
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