2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Winners
Student essays were submitted as a part of the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. Students were asked to write an essay on the following quote from Dr. King:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
In addition, students were asked to consider the following questions when drafting their submissions:
- How do you feel about this quote?
- What does this quote mean to you?
- How can you use these words to honor Dr. King and the life he lived?
Thank you to the dedicated Ball State University faculty who evaluated this year’s essays: Lori Boyland, Molly Tipton, Fen English, Sarah Hollowell, Casey Schultz, Nick Elam, Serena Salloum, Tracy Caddell, Kendra Lowery, Mike Shaffer, Rachel Geesa, Thalia Mullvihill, Mandy Latz, Robin Phelps-Ward, Elizabeth DeYoung, Makala Ceresa, Alan McPherson, Jeffry Neuhouser and Gabbie Morrison.
We are excited to recognize the 2021 winners in both the Junior and Senior divisions. Congratulations to all participants!
Junior Division Winners:
1st Place: Eleana Winters, Westside Catholic School – Sacred Heart Campus, Evansville
2nd Place: Ava Blomenberg, Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour
3rd Place: Louay Zeitoun, Union Township Middle School, Valparaiso
Senior Division Winners:
1st Place: Megan Caffey, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis
2nd Place: Shelby Prybell, Valparaiso High School
3rd Place: Kianah King, Portage High School