Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead

The teachings of Martin Luther King prompt an essay contest

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Palmetto Youth Center is holding an essay and speech contest for middle and high students in Manatee County.

Participants can choose between two prompts that relate to Martin Luther King Jr.

The two prompts are:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed the best catalyst for change was peaceful protest instead of violence. What do you think is the most effective way to produce positive change?
  • The insurrection that occurred on January 6, 2021, is considered one of the most violent and chaotic days in recent American history. How do you think it will be remembered by future generations? How do you think Dr. King would have responded to that day’s events?

The deadline for the contest will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Essays must include a cover sheet with the following information: first and last name, complete home address, home phone number, school name, grade level, and email address.

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LRHS discipline dean Dr. Debora Shannon said, “This generation has experienced their share of global violence. Therefore, it is important for Mustangs to express innovative ways in which they can mold a better world through peaceful negotiated solutions via social media, medical entities, politics, interpersonal relationships, and technological innovations.”

All finalists will be notified by Jan. 1, 2022, and the contest finals will be held on Jan. 6, 2022.

The grand prize will receive $150 and a computer, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $75.

Shannon continued, “I know that overall, we want a generation fueled by peace and not hate.   Our world will be a better place if we follow the words of John Lennon, ‘Give peace a chance.’ I am excited to hear the students’ views about ways in which one can peacefully protest toward change.”

Entries must be typed and double-spaced and be submitted to MLKEssayContest@palmettoyouth.center as a MS Word or PDF attachment.