The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 2, 2014

Students invited to enter MLK essay contest

By Lora Scripps

— Local students, who would like to be a part of the 2014 Athens-Limestone Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Essay Contest, have until Jan. 9 to enter essays. 

In years past, students from across the county have shared in King’s dream by sharing their insights on tolerance, unity and love.

Last year, Limestone County NAACP President Wilbert Woodruff told The News Courier he was blown away by students’ essays. Many have said one of the highlights of the yearly MLK program is the presentation of essay winners.

This year, students can choose one of two themes:

1. What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. think about today’s education system?

2. What would you tell Dr. King that you have done for his dream?


• Must be a student attending a school in Athens or Limestone County;

• Submit essay no more than one page in length, either typed or legibly handwritten;

•_Student, not adults, should write the essay. Counselors and parents may assist but the words and thoughts must be the student’s;

•_Include student’s name, age and telephone number on upper right corner of essay;

•_Categories include ages 6-12,13-15 and 16-18;

•_Essay will be judged on clarity, grammar and how well the theme is developed based on the writer’s age;

•_Committee must receive essay Jan. 9.


Mail completed essays to MLK Essay Contest, c/o Vicky Dowd, P.O. Box 1071, Athens, AL, 35612; or deliver to Vicky at the Athens Mayor’s Office, 1806 Wilkinson St., Athens Utilities building, second floor.

Winners in each category will read their essay during the MLK program Jan. 18. First-, second- and third-place winners in each age group will receive a cash award.

For more information, call Benard Simelton at 256-426-6406 or 256-444-1300, the Mayor’s Office or any member of the MLK Planning Committee.