Utah’s Martin Luther King Jr. contest winners announced
Education • Youths reflected on how to honor King, his legacy.
Published: January 16, 2014 12:50PM
Updated: January 16, 2014 08:17PM

The State Office of Education has named winners of the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay and Video contest.

Students were asked what this Martin Luther King Jr. quote meant to them: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” And they were asked how they could use the quote to honor King and his legacy. The contest was open to 7th- through 12th-graders.

A panel of judges at the state office chose the winners from among 38 video and 714 essay entries. Grand prize winners received $150, and grade-level essay winners and a runner up among video entrants won $75. The winners also attended a luncheon Wednesday.

Winning entries will likely be posted later this week at www.schools.utah.gov/equity/Martin-Luther-King-Jr--Contest.aspx.

This year’s grand prize winners include: Chloe Fowers, a ninth-grader at Syracuse Arts Academy in Syracuse (junior high essay); Cheyenne Chrisman, a junior at Alpine Academy in Erda (senior high essay); Anna Kammerman, Arica Pratt, Nimbona Udes from Kearns Junior High School in Kearns (junior high video); and Abby Barney, Stefan Pham, Saul Ramos-Ortega from Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville (senior high video).

Grade-level essay winners include: Caroleena Vidal, a seventh-grader at Draper Park Middle School in Draper; Kate Baadsgaard, an eighth-grader at Spanish Fork Junior High in Spanish Fork; Jacob Cline, a sophomore at Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross; and Samuel Cottam, a senior at Woods Cross High School.

Grade-level video contest winners include: Heidi Heki, a Syracuse Arts Academy student, in the junior high category; and McKenna Brown, Jenna Davis, Maddie Dalley, Lauren Johnson, Chelsea Sather, Woods Cross High School students in the senior high category.