Annual MLK Awards

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

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 and poetry contests are open to fourth through 12th-grade students.

2016​ King Awards Information

Award winners were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton. 

View photos from the celebration on the MLK Commission's Flickr page​.

2016 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

Samuel Wickcliffe.pdfMr. Samuel Vancleave Wickcliffe biography, (1927-2015)

2016 MLK State Essay Contest Winners

Elementary
1st: Khiland Moss, 5th grade, Clark Elementary, McCracken County
2nd: Aneeza Ali, 5th grade, Clark Elementary, McCracken County
3rd: Anais Garcia, 5th grade, Clark Elementary, McCracken County

Middle
1st: Jesslynne Mann, 8th grade, Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County
2nd: Tre Lohre, 7th grade, St. Pius X School, Kenton County, Diocese of Covington
3rd: Brayden Jessie, 8th grade, Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County

High
1st: Kadiatou Cherif, 11th grade, Seneca High School, Jefferson County
2nd: Briana Faye Little, 10th grade, South Floyd High School, Floyd County
3rd: Natalie Copeland, 9th grade, J. Graham Brown School, Jefferson County

2016 MLK State Poetry Contest Winners

Elementary
1st: Kezion Greer, 5th grade, Minors Lane Elementary, Jefferson County

Middle
1st: Jenna Danneman, 7th grade, St. Pius X, Kenton County, Diocese of Covington
2nd: Emma Pohlman, 7th grade, St. Pius X, Kenton County, Diocese of Covington
3rd: J.J. Kampinga, 7th grade, St. Pius X, Kenton County, Diocese of Covington

High
1st: Zoe Sermersheim, 9th grade, J. Graham Brown School, Jefferson County
2nd: Samuel Aboud, 9th grade, J. Graham Brown School, Jefferson County
3rd: Zac Lichtsteiner, 9th grade, J. Graham Brown School, Jefferson County

2016 MLK State Art Contest Winners

Elementary
1st: Porter Peal, Kindergarten, Hearn Elementary, Franklin County
2nd: Melanie Cazanas, 5th grade, Minors Lane Elementary, Jefferson County
3rd: Shianti Martin, 5th grade, Minors Lane Elementary, Jefferson County

High
1st: Brittney Newman, 10th grade, South Floyd High School, Floyd County

2016​ King Awards Forms

2016 MLK State Essay Contest Criteria.pdf2016 MLK State Essay Contest Criteria and Entry Form

2016 MLK State Art Contest Criteria.pdf2016 MLK State Art Contest Criteria and Entry Form

2016 MLK State Poetry Contest Criteria.pdf2016 MLK State Poetry Contest Criteria and Entry Form

2016 MLK Citizenship Award.pdf2016 MLK Citizenship Award Nomination Form

 

2015 King Awards Information

Award winners were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Press Release: Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Luallen Participate in Celebration, Awards Ceremony to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 2015)

Celebration photos on MLK Commission's Flickr page

2015 Award Winners

Citizenship Award: Timothy W. Thomas, Madisonville

2015 MLK Contest Winners.pdf2015 MLK Student Contest Winners

2014 King Awards Information

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

2014 MLK Celebration Video

2014 MLK Celebration Photos

2014 MLK Art and Essay Contest Winners

Contact Us

 
 Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
 
  Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment
 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 138
 Frankfort, KY 40601
 (502) 564-2611