Two Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contests Open to High School Students
Students have two upcoming contest opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month.
The first competition is the 2022 Poem, Song or Rap Contest: Celebrating the Unsung Soldiers of Civil Rights. High school students should identify a local, state or national unsung solider and explain why the individual warrants recognition. The poem, song or rap must be an original work of 150 words or less, and be written with an understanding and appreciation of the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students can earn one Student Service Learning (SSL) hour for a quality submission that reflects thoughtful and meaningful work. If the letter is chosen to be recorded as part of the Montgomery County celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, students will receive an additional one SSL hour.
WJZ-TV, CBS Baltimore is holding a Black history essay contest for high school students across Maryland.
High school students will compete for scholarship prize money and are asked to choose one of the three quotes below and write an essay (500 words or less) describing what it means to them. The quotes are:
- “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. – Maya Angelou
- “The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency. Not in you doing too much, but in doing too little. Not in living above your means, but below your capacity. It’s not failure but aiming too low, that’s life’s greatest tragedy.” – Benjamin E. Mays
- “Have a vision. Be demanding.” – Colin Powell
Twenty semi-finalists will be invited to record themselves reading their original speech on video, which will be submitted to WJZ.
More information is available here.