Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest Winners Recognized by the Grand Rapids School Board

MLK, Jr., Essay Contest winners and Honor Mention Award winners


MLK, Jr., Essay Contest Winners Andruw Sandy, Jamarius McBride, and Kevin O'Neil (left to right) with Rodney Martin


Last evening the Grand Rapids School Board recognized the winners of the 2011-12 Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest.  The essay contest, in its 7th year, is conducted by Warner Norcross & Judd for sixth graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  Grand Prize winner Jamarius McBride, of Riverside Middle School, read his essay, “Are You Willing?,” to the members of the board. 

Warner Norcross & Judd Diversity Partner Rodney Martin presented Jamarius with a gift card from Schuler Books and Music and a savings bond.  Martin also presented a gift card and savings bond to first runner up Kevin O’Neil, of the Center for Economicology, and second runner up Andruw Sandy, of Riverside Middle School.  In addition, Martin recognized 20 students whose essays received Honorable Mention and presented them with a gift card.

Warner Norcross & Judd designed the contest to encourage students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.  Essays were judged by Warner Norcross attorneys and staff on originality, clarity, organization and knowledge of Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement.