Contest Information
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2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission Contests
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The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is seeking nominations for the Commission’s 2023 “Living the Dream” Award. The award will recognize an individual or organization (community, civic or religious) who has promoted the teaching and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through community involvement. The award will be presented at the Commission’s annual Howard County Commemorative Celebration Program.

This year’s awards celebration will be presented on Sunday, January 15th, 2023.  Living The Dream Applications are Due by October 31, 2022.   Entrees can be dropped off at the Office of Human Rights & Equity by Friday, October 31, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

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Please submit applications at the link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZFTCMH7

 

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is also seeking school-age contestants for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission 2022 Essay, Oratory, and Poster Contests.

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Find the Application for Essay, Oratory, and Art Contests at this link.

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The deadline for all contests is October 31, 2022.  Entries must be submitted via email or hand delivered by 5:00 PM EST on October 31, 2022, to [email protected]

or mailed to:

Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity
ATTN: MLK Student 2023 Contest
9820 Patuxent Woods Dr. Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046

Entrees can be dropped off at the Office of Human Rights & Equity by Friday, October 31, 2022,
at 5:00 PM.

 

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Essay  Contest Question

"What does peace look like to you: within yourself, your school, the community, or the world?  Select at least one."

 

Essay Contest Rules:

  • Participants must be Howard County Middle or High School students.

  • Essays must be typed, and double-spaced in Microsoft Word format.

  • Middle School essays must be 500 to 750 words. High School essays must
    be 750 to 1000 words.

  • Submissions must include the student's name, address, phone number,
    school, grade, and email address.

  • The application must also be submitted with each submission.

  • Students with disabilities may submit entries using other media and/or visual presentations.

 

 

Oratory Contest Rules:

  • Participants must be Howard County Middle or High School students.

  • Speeches must be written by the student.

  • Speeches should be 5 to 7 minutes in length.

  • Speeches must be recorded on video via phone, camcorder, or computer and
    emailed to [email protected]

  • Judges must be able to view the student's performance clearly for consideration. 

  • Submissions must include the student's name, address, phone number,
    school, grade, and email address.

  • The application must also be submitted with each submission.

  • Students with disabilities may submit entries using other media and/or visual presentations.

 

Poster Contest Rules:

  • Create a work of art that best reflects the theme: What Does Peace Look Like to You?

  • Participants must be Howard County Elementary or Middle School students.

  • Students may interpret the theme in any medium, but art must be the student's
    original work.

  • The poster size must be between 8.5" x 11" and 8.5" x 14" in.

  • Submissions must include the student's name, address, phone number,
    school, grade, and email.

  • Posters must be submitted with a description of 300 words or less.

 

 

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2022 Human Rights Commission Awards
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HRC Awards

The Howard County Human Rights Commission celebrates individuals, students, and organizations who protect and promote the civil and human rights of Howard County residents. Click on the link below and submit your nominations today! Awardees will be honored on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

2022 Contest Winners
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Elementary and Middle School Poster Contest
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  • 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
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Middle School Essay Awards
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  • 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
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High School Essay Awards
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  • 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
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Annual Living the Dream Award
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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
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2022 Annual High School Food Drive Competition Results
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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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