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, 2021.
2020 CONTEST WINNERS:
1st Place: Jaxon Barnett, Scottsburg MS
2nd Place: Bradley Dyer, Immanuel Lutheran School
3rd Place: Daniel Kent, Christ the King Catholic School
2020 CONTEST WINNERS:
1st Place: Nevaeh Shouse, Terre Haute South Vigo HS
2nd Place: Jennifer Cahillane, Washington Township Mid/HS
3rd Place: Ava Nelson, Roncalli HS
Essay Contest News
The 2020-21 Department of Student Programs (DSP) Online Membership-Participation form is now available! Join us for another great year of competition!
Student essays were submitted as a part of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest! Click to see who won top honors in each division in 2020!
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