Students win big in MLK creative competition
Drawing inspiration from an enduring message of peace and equality, Dayton Public Schools students took home 28 of 39 grade awards and seven of 12 grade-group awards during the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Poetry and Prose Contest.
The students’ works were chosen from entries throughout the Miami Valley. Judges selected 12 grade-level winners in the contest (kindergarten-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) in three categories. The DPS grade-group winners, who received plaques and $25 checks, are Tyrell Waters (Rosa Parks) and Adam Flee (Belmont) – art; Dennver Denby (Westwood), Te’Andre Martin (Patterson-Kennedy) and Brent Vineyard (Dunbar) – poetry; and Michaisa Gregory (Rosa Parks) and Zakiyah Liggins (Meadowdale High) – prose.
Entrants for the art, poetry and prose competition incorporated one of 10 topics as the theme for their work, including “What We Still Must Overcome,” “Dr. King’s Hopes for the 21st Century” and “Lessening Violence in My Neighborhood.” Entries were judged using five criteria: knowledge of Dr. King and the ongoing struggle for human rights, originality, creativity, effort and neatness.
Dayton Public Schools art, poetry and prose grade-level winners (listed below) were awarded certificates of merit at the awards ceremony. The teachers of all recognized students also received certificates of appreciation.
Grade Student Teacher School
K D’Laquan White Mary Bonosky Westwood
1 Keiona Williams Bobbie Bolinger Earley Academy for Girls
3 Maya Randolph Angie Coomer Earley Academy for Girls
5 Michael Youngblood Vonda Wood Smith Dayton Boys Prep Academy
* 6 Tyrell Waters Lela Williams Rosa Parks
**7 Timara Evans Margaret Wood Gardendale
9 Flaubert Nelson Margaret Wood Gardendale
*10 Adam Flee Carol Rogers Belmont
11 Lakithia Reynolds Carol Rogers Belmont
12 Stacy Baker Carol Rogers Belmont
Recognition: Jaycee Wade Allison Wantz Meadowdale PK-8
K Jayla Floyd Mary Bonosky &nb