Student leaders open MLK contest to outside schools

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WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 9, 2019) – For the fifth straight year, the Student Diversity Leaders at De La Salle Collegiate are sponsoring an essay contest to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But unlike previous years, the contest is now open to neighboring schools in Warren and Detroit.

“It’s good nowadays to give students an opportunity to learn about Dr. King’s world views, research him, and push that agenda forward, so we wanted to open it up to the community,” said school counselor Dominic Reid, who is also the moderator for the student diversity group. “It’s an opportunity to learn.”

De La Salle students – along with students from Regina, Cousino, Woods-Tower, Detroit Collegiate Preparatory and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy – are invited to submit essays. Deadline for the contest is Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.

The theme for this year’s contest is: How can Dr. King’s dream be advanced among your peers?

Last year, then senior Ben Iacona and juniors Ryan Beginin and Nino Minniti submitted winning entries titled. They were among 60-plus De La Salle students who participate in the essay contest.

De La Salle President John M. Knight (L) and counselor Dominic Reid (R) stand with 2018 MLK essay contest winners Ryan Beginin, Ben Iacona and Nino Minniti.

De La Salle President John M. Knight (L) and counselor Dominic Reid (R) stand with 2018 MLK essay contest winners Ryan Beginin, Ben Iacona and Nino Minniti.

As in the past, the top three essays will again be awarded $100 cash prizes.

The judging requirements for this year’s individual entries are:

  • Minimum 500-word essay.
  • Entries must address the theme.
  • Entries should relate the student’s own personal ideas or experiences to the topic and show an understanding of Dr. King’s ideals.
  • Entries may not be a biographical sketch of Dr. King.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas. Emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Correct usage of basic grammar and writing skills will also be considered.

All entries must be submitted by Thu., Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. ET. Submit entries to Dominic Reid at dreid@delasallehs.com.

 

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