College announces MLK writing contest

December 14, 2009

Carroll County students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to write an essay, a poem, a song or any other form of written expression that shows how they are continuing Martin Luther King’s dream by making a difference in their community and their own lives. The theme of this year’s writing contest and Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “The Beloved Community: Our Shared Responsibility.”

Winners will be notified by Jan. 25 and will be recognized during the MLK celebration dinner and “King’s Dream” multi-media presentation at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Forum at McDaniel College.

Entries are due by Jan. 15, 2010. The contest is sponsored by McDaniel College, Carroll County Public Schools’ Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs, Carroll County Chapter of NAACP and the Carroll County Times.

For more information about the writing contest or to attend the Feb. 1 celebration (seating is limited), call or e-mail Mahlia Joyce at 410-857-2791 or Note that McDaniel College is closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3.

Written submissions for the contest should be no longer than 250 words for elementary students and 500 words for middle and high school students. Submissions must be the original work of the student. Each entry must include the student’s name, phone number, school, grade and teacher’s name and contact number.

All entries are due on Jan. 15 and should be sent to the attention of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157-4390. Submissions may also be hand delivered to the office on the lower level of Rouzer Hall, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. except Dec. 24 – Jan. 3.

The writing contest committee strongly encourages teachers to pre-screen entries, and students should submit their entries to their teachers no later than Jan. 8. However, teacher pre-screening is not required, and students may submit their entries directly to the contest.