|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Living the Dream, Inc.
2018 Student Essay Competition
Living the Dream, Inc. is sponsoring its 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Competition for Topeka area students in grades first through twelve.
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade category on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10:30am during the King Holiday Celebration at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site located at 1515 SE Monroe. All winners and non-winners will receive a certificate of participation. The winning essays will be displayed at the Brown National Historic Site, January 15-19, 2018. Each winner’s name will be printed in the Topeka Capital-Journal or on-line as print space allows.
Essay Grade Categories
The essays will be judged in the following grade competition categories:
1st -2nd Grade 3-4th Grade 5-6th Grade 7-8th Grade 9-10th Grade 11-12th Grade
Grades 1st – 6th: TYPED OR HANDWRITTEN (legible) in 100 words or less
Grades 7th – 12th: TYPED OR HANDWRITTEN (legible) in 500 words or less
All entries submitted shall be double-spaced and submitted in a neat format as the winning essays will be displayed. The student’s name should only appear on the Essay entry form.
Failure to comply with the entry rules will result in the essay not being eligible for judging or awards.
Graduating high school seniors must submit a separate essay for the Living the Dream, Inc. College Scholarship Application form.
The essay should represent the writer’s interpretation of diversity, peace, unity, justice, human rights, or non-violence as reflected in quotes or principles from advocates such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma K. Ghandi, César E. Chavez, Nelson Mandela or another great civil rights leader. Students may also submit an essay that promotes the 2018 Living the Dream Youth Theme: “Young Freedom Fighters Who Wouldn’t Let Go.”
Where Do I Send My Essay?
All essays and completed entry forms can be mailed or delivered to: Betty Young, Chairperson, Living the Dream Essay Competition, Burnett Administrative Center, 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you should have questions about the Essay Competition, please contact Ms. Young at (785) 295-3087.
When is the Essay Competition Deadline?
All entries must be signed, postmarked and submitted no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, December 4, 2017. All winners will be notified during the week of January 7, 2018.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Living the Dream, Inc.
2018 Student Essay Competition Entry Form
School Name: ______________________________________ Teacher:__________________________
(Please print or type)
Teacher’s Email Address_________________________________________________________________
Grade Category: (Please check a grade category and circle your grade.)
1st-2nd Grade 3rd-4th Grade 5th-6th Grade
7th-8th Grade 9th-10th Grade 11th-12th Grade
Student’s Name ________________________________________ Student’s Age___________________
Student’s Address ______________________________________________________________________
Student’s Phone Number_______________ Student’s Email Address____________________________
Title of Essay___________________________________________________________________________
I understand that my child’s essay will be entered and judged in the Living the Dream, Inc. Student Essay Competition. I further understand and consent to any subsequent printing and display of the essay as deemed appropriate by Living the Dream, Inc. I understand that this essay is submitted for the sole purpose of this Competition and will not be sold or otherwise used for any commercial purpose unless permission is given by me, as guardian of the above named student. I understand that this essay will only be considered if postmarked, signed and submitted by 4:30 pm on Monday, December 4, 2017. I consent to the use of this submission to be judged in the Essay Competition and fully understand that my child has no entitlements or guarantees of prizes or recognition as a result of this entry, unless he or she is selected as one of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winners by the designated judges for the Competition.
Parent or Legal Guardian (Print Name)______________________________________________________
Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian ______________________________ Date_____________________
Email Address of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________________
Phone Number of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________________
Student’s Name (Print Name)______________________________________________________________
Student’s Signature ___________________________________________ Date______________________
All essays and the signed entry form should be postmarked and mailed or delivered by 4:30 pm on December 4, 2017 to Betty Young, Chairperson, Living the Dream Essay Competition, Burnett Administrative Center, 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66611 or e-mailed to: email@example.com.