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Jan. 15: Celebrate MLK Day, Student Contest Winners

  • MLK Day
Jan. 15: Celebrate MLK Day, Student Contest Winners

The West Chester Liberty community is invited to attend the 25th annual "Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity" community-wide celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15. The program will recognize this year’s student contest winners and follows the one-mile community march, which extends from West Chester Township to Liberty Township.

This year’s "Historical Interview" contest theme challenged students to interview an individual who lived through some part of the Civil Rights Movement. Students were asked to capture the individual’s personal experience, then reflect together on what has changed and what work is left to do in pursuit of MLK’s goal for racial unity. 

All winning essays, skits, songs, artwork or videos will be recognized during the program, also complete with a keynote address and live music from a community choir. A video series produced by West Chester Township’s multimedia team and to be released in the weeks following MLK Day zooms shares each winning entry. 

Congratulations to this year's student winners: 

Early Childhood Awards

  • Essay: Luca Brunk - Wyandot Early Childhood School (2nd grade)

Elementary School Awards

  • Fine Arts: Elise Mosteller - Independence Elementary (4th grade) 
  • Fine Arts English Language Learner: Quintus Lin - Endeavor Elementary (5th grade)
  • Fine Arts Special Merit: Nolan Maurer - Endeavor Elementary (5th grade
  • Essay: Kristian Mudd - Cherokee Elementary (3rd grade)
  • Essay English Language Learner: Trisha Malhotra - Endeavor Elementary (5th grade)

Junior School Awards

  • Essay: Malk Alsalmani - Hopewell Junior School (8th grade) 
  • Essay English Language Learner: Angelina Assaf - Hopewell Junior School (8th grade)
  • Essay Special Merit: Christian Hutzel - Hopewell Junior School (8th grade)

High School Awards

  • Fine Arts: Daleigh Muldrow - Lakota Central High School (11th grade) 
  • Fine Arts English Language Learner: Sophia Haigis - Lakota Central High School (11th grade) 
  • Fine Arts Special Merit: Ryan Gehri - Lakota Central High School (10th grade) 
  • Essay: Claire Denlinger - East Freshman School (9th grade)
  • Essay English Language Learner: Adhvikkiran Srilakshmi - Lakota West High School (12th grade) 
  • Essay Special Merit: Connor Fowler - Lakota Central High School (10th grade) 

Grand Prize Winners

  • Fine Arts: Freddy Villatoro - Lakota Central High School (12th grade) 
  • Essay: Eloise Berry - Endeavor Elementary (5th grade) 

Like recent years, the “March for Unity” will follow a symbolic route that connects West Chester and Liberty townships. The entire community is invited to gather at the southwest corner of the Cabela’s parking lot (7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester) at the intersection of Tylers Place Boulevard and Cabela Drive at 10 a.m. Participants will proceed to Liberty Center’s Sabin Hall, where the community program will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.

A special food drive throughout January and February to benefit Reach Out Lakota and Faith United Methodist Church's food pantry is continuing this year as well. Specific drop-off locations include EDGE Teen Center, the West Chester and Liberty Township offices, MidPointe Library West Chester and Liberty branches, or directly to either Reach Out Lakota or Faith United Methodist Church. 

New this year is a drive for new and gently used coats and winter accessories like hats, gloves and scarves. The drive is in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Liberty Township and all donations will be directed to the EDGE Teen Center and the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester Liberty. Donations will be accepted at the starting point of the march as well as Sabin Hall where the program is taking place.

The video series, featuring all student winners, will be released via social media throughout January. It will also air via West Chester's Spectrum public access channels 4 and 15 and can be accessed on the West Chester Township YouTube channel or the West Chester Township Vimeo channel.

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