Contests

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

2017-18 Essay Contest:


The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission invites Howard County middle and high school students to participate in the Commission’s annual Student Essay Contest. The winners will be recognized at the Commission’s Annual Celebration on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759.

 

To be eligible for the contest, students must be a Howard County resident and in either middle or high school. Essays must be typed and double-spaced and in the Microsoft Word format and it needs to include the following information: student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of school and grade. Middle school student essays are to be between 500 to 750 words in length, while high school student essays must be between 750 to 1,000 words. Essays will be judged on content, connection to Dr. King’s work, spelling, grammar and sentence structure. 

 

Students with disabilities may submit entries that address the essay question through use of other media (posters, pictures, etc.). All submitted essays and entries become the property of the Commission.   

 

For their entry, students are to reflect upon Dr. King’s statement, which is the event theme this year: “If I cannot do great things, I will do small things in a great way.”  And the essay question is “How do you translate Dr. King’s vision in today’s times?” Based on this statement, students are asked to focus on both the present and the future, how Dr. King inspired them to work towards a greater cause.

 

All completed nomination forms must be emailed or postmarked mail by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 to: Dr. MLK Student Essay Contest, c/o Howard County Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia, MD 21046, or emailed to SubmissionsMLK@howardcountymd.gov

 

Essay finalists and their schools will be notified by email and phone. Their names will be posted on the Commission’s webpage, https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Human-Rights/Boards-and-Commissions , by January 5, 2018. 

 

First, second and third place high school student winners will be awarded $300, $250 and $200, respectively. First, second and third place middle school student winners will be awarded $250, $200 and $150, respectively.  

 

For more information or questions, contact Farheen Sheik in the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6467 or email fsheik@howardcountymd.gov.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

2017-2018 Living the Dream Award Contest:

 

 

The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission has announced that it is accepting nominations for the Commission’s annual “Living the Dream” Award. The award recognizes both an outstanding individual and organization (community, civic or religious) that has promoted the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through community involvement in Howard County. The award and a $300 cash prize will be presented to the winner at the Commission’s Annual Celebration on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759.

 

To be eligible for this award, nominees must be either residents of or work in Howard County or an organization located in the County; however, volunteer work must have been completed in Howard County. In addition, nominees must have demonstrated the teachings, work ethic and legacy of Dr. King by promoting community involvement among all ethnic groups, regardless of social, economic or religious background, and be committed to non-violence and humanitarian services.

 

To apply, nominators must submit a typed narrative, 500 words or less, that describes why this individual or organization deserves to win the 2017 “Living the Dream” Award by answering the following:

  1. Describe the nominee’s involvement and type of Community participation.
  2. What impact has the nominee had on the community?
  3. Describe the nominee’s achievements and significance contributions.

 

Additional information pertinent to this award, such as newspaper clippings, articles and other supporting information may be submitted as well. Nominations can be submitted from an individual or organization. 

 

All completed nomination forms must be postmarked, hand-delivered or emailed by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 17 to: Howard County Office of Human Rights, Attn: MLK 2017 “Living the Dream” Award, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia, MD 21046, or emailed to SubmissionsMLK@howardcountymd.gov.  Click here for nomination form. 

 

The winner will be notified and their name posted on the Commission’s webpage, listed above, by Friday, January 5, 2018. 

 

For more information or questions, contact Farheen Sheik in the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6467 or email fsheik@howardcountymd.gov.

 

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