Mustangs excel at MLK speech and essay contest

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Six Mustangs competed in the 2020 Martin Luther King Essay contest. Left to right – Talia Beltramea, Delaney Kraus, Sydney Jamison, Ben Lock, Jonathan Stone, Nick Stanley

Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday six Lakewood Ranch Mustangs shined in the Palmetto Youth Center’s Annual MLK essay and speech contest.

Freshman Ben Locke and Jonathan Stone; sophomores Talia Beltramea, Sydney Jamison, and Delaney Kraus and senior Nick Stanley’s essays were picked out of 225 entries.

Stanley took first place, Jamison took second and Locke took third.

“My topic was that you can’t do big things correctly if you don’t do small things correctly; it was about setting goals,” said Stanley.

The MLK speech contest was created to engage today’s youth with Dr. King’s legacy. The essays were graded based on creativity, content, and must be in the students’ own words. Both middle school and high school students were able to enter and compete in this contest.

LRHS English teacher Jennifer Grant said, “Our students represented us well with poise, grace, and passion.”

LRHS world history teacher Patricia Haeussler said, “This is extremely impressive for Lakewood Ranch to sweep all categories.  I’m not sure this has ever happened in the history of the MLK, Jr. essay contest.”

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