MLK Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission seeks nominations annually for the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award, along with essay and artwork contests for the esteemed King Award. A new theme is determined each year for the student contests.

The citizenship award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit and energy of the late civil rights leader. The criteria for nominees include persons who have demonstrated leadership and achievement toward the principles of racial equality, interracial harmony, economic justice, participation in Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances and dedication to King’s dream.

The King Award art contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students, and the essay contest is open to fourth through 12th-grade students.

2014 King Award Winners


2014 MLK Celebration Video

2014 MLK Celebration Photos

2014 MLK Art and Essay Contest Winners

2014 MLK State Essay Contest Winners

Elementary

  1. Ben Greenwell
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Diocese of Covington
  2. Max Wahoff
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Diocese of Covington
  3. Lucas Becraft
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Diocese of Covington

Middle

  1. Tyler Sutter
    6th grade, Estill County Middle School, Estill County
  2. Troy Rawlins, Jr.
    7th grade, West Middle School, Shelby County
  3. Landon Thompson
    8th grade, Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County

High

  1. Myles Murray
    10th grade, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Fayette County
  2. Michayla Evans
    12th grade, North Laurel High School, Laurel County

 

2014 MLK State Art Contest Winners

 Elementary

  1. Daniel Goderwis, II
    5th grade, Mason-Corinth Elementary, Grant County
  2. Gracie Dorning
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Diocese of Covington
  3. Bella Widmyer
    5th grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Diocese of Covington

Middle

  1. Tryphena Sithu
    8th grade, J. Graham Brown School, Jefferson County
  2. Jazmine Kerr
    8th grade, TK Stone Middle Middle School, Elizabethtown Independent
  3. Isaac Huggins
    8th grade, TK Stone Middle Middle School, Elizabethtown Independent

High

  1. Allissa Moe
    11th grade, Betsy Layne High School, Floyd County
  2. Ashley Butler
    11th grade, Muhlenberg County High School, Muhlenberg County
  3. Lilly Tran
    Metcalfe High School, Metcalfe County

2014 Awards General Information

 

The theme for the 2014 essays and artwork contest was Opportunities to Rise: Building Bridges. Building upon Dr. King’s passion and leadership, this theme offered students a chance to creatively express ways to work together to generate opportunities to better themselves and society as a whole. Students reflected on Dr. King’s legacy of service to explore innovative approaches to rise and reach desired goals.

King Award entry deadline: Nov. 22, 2013
2014 MLK State Essay Contest Criteria.doc
2014 MLK State Art Contest Criteria.doc

Citizenship Award nomination deadline: Dec. 4, 2013
2014 MLK Citizenship Award Nomination Form.pdf

2014 Awards press release: Aug. 28, 2013
MLK Press Release 2014 Citizenship Nomination, Essay and Arts Contest.docx

All winners were recognized at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Jan. 16, 2014.​​​

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