2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Winners
Student essays were submitted as a part of the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. Students were asked to write an essay on the following quote from Dr. King:
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
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!
We would also like to extend our appreciation to the dedicated Ball State University faculty who evaluated this year’s essays. We are thankful for their continued support of this program!
IASP is proud to provide scholarship awards to and recognize the 2023 winners in both the Junior and Senior divisions. Congratulations to all participants!
Junior Division Winners:
1st Place: Vikram Rao, Creekside Middle School, Carmel
2nd Place: Andrew Bussie, LaPorte Middle School, LaPorte
3rd Place: Elva Gu, Yorktown Middle School, Yorktown
Senior Division Winners:
1st Place: Lillian Rogers, Bremen High School, Bremen
2nd Place: Mah Ying, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis
3rd Place: Jayden Moss, FJ Reitz High School, Evansville