Contest Information
2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission Contests


The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is no longer seeking nominations for the Commission’s 2023 “Living the Dream” Award or our Student Contests. We will announce our winners soon, and invite you to join us for our in person celebration where each award will be presented on Sunday, January 15th, 2023.  

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2022 Contest Winners
Elementary and Middle School Poster Contest
  • 1st Place: Ameyah Beroid – 3rd grade Talbott Springs Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Eli Mathieu – 4th grade Dayton Oaks Elementary School
  • 3rd Place: Anayah Mathieu – 1st grade Dayton Oaks Elementary School
Middle School Essay Awards
  • 1st Place: Karon Robinson – 6th grade Thomas Viaduct Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Chidera Nwokeh – 8th grade Thomas Viaduct Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Raima Shah – 7th grade Elkridge Landing Middle Schooll
High School Essay Awards
  • 1st Place: Similoluwa Adeniyi – 11th grade Atholton High School
  • 2nd Place: James Jiyu Obasiolu – 9th grade Atholton High School
  • 3rd Place: Gabrielle Dougé – 9th grade Glenelg High School
Annual Living the Dream Award

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 - Women's Giving Circle of Howard County
  • Individual Award - Larry Walker
  • Individual Award - Ayra Mazhar Hussain
2022 Annual High School Food Drive Competition Results

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission began its High School Food Drive Competition over three years ago with the objective of collecting non-perishable food and personal items (diapers, wipes, etc.) for the Howard County Food Bank.  The annual Food Drive Competition values give young people the opportunity to honor King’s legacy through community service. 
Since 2019, most of Howard County’s high schools have participated.

This year’s food drive competition began on December 6th and concluded on January 10th with Reservoir, Wilde Lake, River Hill, Glenelg, Howard, Centennial, and Atholton high schools participating.  Together, the seven schools raised over 2,700 pounds of food for the local food bank.

 This year’s winner, Reservoir High School, raised 1,436 pounds of food.

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