Martin Luther King Essay Competition

OHIO UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Guidelines

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

BY 5:00PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution"
In a speech at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed, “I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”
At Ohio University Southern, we are inspired by Dr. King and his message above. Our campus’ “I AM…” series provides an opportunity to learn and understand each other. Our stories and experiences are unique and important. By sharing them, we break down barriers that divide us. No matter what labels are assigned to us, and no matter what ideals we may hold, we are all a shared humanity that is, as Dr. King said, “tied to a single garment of destiny.”
WRITE a personal “I Am” essay in which you focus on an aspect of your personality, your cultural heritage, your values, or any aspect of your identity to communicate with others about yourself. Have you ever been stereotyped because you play a musical instrument or a sport? Have you ever been discriminated against because of your gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical abilities? Who are you? Write this essay to help communicate who you are and your unique role in your community.
For full consideration, be sure to follow the guidelines below:

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entry form must be submitted with the essay.

2. Students may submit only one essay, and it must be the student’s original work.

3. The essay must be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced with standard one inch margins,  one side only.

4. The essay must be between 750 and 1000 words (about 3-5 pages).

5. The name, home phone number, parent’s email address, school,grade, and age of student author must be submitted on the entry form,accompanying the essay. Do not place your name or any other identifying information on any other page.

6. All essays are to include references, utilizing at least one book source, but no more than one website source. The sources do not need to be from Dr. King. They can relate to the topic of your essay.

7. Essays may NOT include photographs, images, illustrations, etc.

8. All essays will be judged on the author’s knowledge of the following: Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement, relevancy to essay theme, originality of ideas and clarity of expression, personal perspective, organization, grammar, and guidelines.

9. All essays submitted become the property of Ohio University Southern and may be displayed on the website, in other university publications, or in locations throughout the community.

10. Children of Ohio University Southern faculty and staff are not eligible.
Prizes
Prizes will be awarded in two categories; grades 6-8 and 9-12. 
Grades 6th – 8thGrades 9th – 12th
            First Place - $100.00                   First Place - $100.00
            Second Place - $50.00                Second Place - $50.00
            Third Place - $25.00                    Third Place - $25.00
1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays will be published on the OUS website. Along with the cash award students will receive a certificate of achievement, an OU t-shirt, and be invited to attend the Annual Ohio University Southern Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration where students will be publicly recognized for their achievement.
Deadline & Submission
To submit a essay by email: 
  1. In the subject area of the email write the title of your essay
  2. Include in the text of your email the following information (This information serves as your ENTRY FORM for email submissions. Entries will not be read without the following):
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Essay Title
  • School Grade & Age
  • Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  • Telephone Number with area code
  • Parent’s Email Address
  • School Name & Teacher’s Email Address
  1. Attach Speech (do not include your name or any of the above information (except title) on your essay).

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.  
A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
To submit your speech by postal service:
  1. Print and fill in the registration entry form
  2. Attach the registration form to your speech (do not include your name or entry information on your essay)
  3. Mail registration form and essay to:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
Mail-in Submissions:
Essays must be received by Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.  A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
Essays may also be submitted on a walk-in basis.  The essay should be delivered to the Office of Student Services located on the campus of Ohio University Southern in the Collins Building.  The essay should be delivered to the attention of Robert Pleasant. Walk-in essays must be received by Friday, January 5 at 5:00pm.  A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
Winners will be by notified by email and telephone.
By accepting a prize, winners grant to Ohio University Southern, the OUS Council on Diversity & Inclusion, the Ohio University MLK Celebration Committee and The Office of Diversity, Access and Equity the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this contest, and to further use their names, likenesses, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.  No responsibility can be assumed for lost or late mail.  Entries will not be returned.
Robert Pleasant, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
Essays will be evaluated by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from Ohio University Southern.  Decisions of the evaluation committee are final. The committee must receive at least five contest entries for each grade range to run the contest.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

MLK Celebration

Each year, on the Sunday evening preceding the MLK National Holiday, our community hosts a march, dinner reception, and community-wide celebration and worhsip service in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

The typical schedule for this event is:

4:30 pm – March begins on the steps of Webster Groves City Hall ( 4 East Lockwood and proceeds to Steger Sixth Grade Center (701 N. Rock Hill Road). The march route is approximately 1 mile long.

5:00 pm – March concludes at Steger. A simple dinner reception is held in the Steger Cafeteria.

5:45 pm – Community celebration and community service at Steger Auditorium.

March participants may walk or drive. A shuttle will depart from Steger Sixth Grade Center at 4pm for those who want to walk and leave their car at Steger.

Note: Please check our event calendar for event details this year.


Essay Contest

Each year the Martin Luther King Community Planning Committee sponsors an essay contest for children and youth. Each annual contest is structured around a theme designated by the Planning Committee.

Check our calendar for the theme announcement and annual submission deadlines.

Essay contest awards are presented at the Martin Luther King Community Celebration. The writer of the best essay in each grade/category will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

Essays must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 500 words. They should be submitted in person or by mail to the address below. Some submissions may be made by teachers as part of in class activities.

Please send submissions to:

     Webster-Rock Hill Ministries
     MLK Celebration Essay Contest
     111 East Waymire Avenue
     Webster Groves, MO 63119

The categories are kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12


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