Contest and Awards

The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission encourages all eligible students to participate in its annual essay contest, poster contest and oratory contest.

The event theme this year is: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Essay Contest Rules and Application



Poster Contest Rules and Application



Living the Dream Award Contest Rules and Application




Oratory Contest Rules and Application

2020 Winners


Elementary Poster Contest

  • 1st Place - Olivia Muzzatti – Cradelrock Elementary School
  • 2nd Place - Daisjah Boykin – Cradelrock Elementary School
  • 3rd Place - Madelyn Schuster – Cradelrock Elementary School

Middle School Essay Awards

  • 1st Place - Jordan Neperud – Lake Elkhorn Middle School
  • 2nd Place -Reginald de los Reyes - Lake Elkhorn Middle School
  • 3rd Place - Jasmin Land - Lake Elkhorn Middle School

High School Essay Awards

  • 1st Place - Isiason Brown - Long Reach High School
  • 2nd Place - Amen Owusu - Wilde Lake High School
  • 3rd Place - Nica Vasquez - Wilde Lake High School

High School Food Drive Winner

  • Howard High School

The Commission also sought nominations for its annual Living the Dream Award.  This award recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther  King, Jr. through community involvement.   

  • Organizational Award - Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • Individual Award - Charles Fuller, Esq.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission extends to all the winners their well wishes for sharing their ideas. They also applaud the teachers who, year after year incorporate this important event into teaching our young people about the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King lived and died for.


Nominations Are Closed