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Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission to present awards during annual celebration of Martin Luther King holiday

1/14/04

Eighteen young people, five individuals and five service organizations will be honored Saturday, Jan. 17, with awards from the Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission as part of the state’s observance of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The awards ceremony will be held at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex.

Sponsored by the Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, awards will be given for the Project on Racism Essay Contest, a poster contest, the Service Organization Honor Roll and the “Living the Dream” Awards.

Project on Racism Essay Contest Winners
Grades 1-5
First Place - Charles White, Grade 4, Riverside Elementary School, Williamson
Second Place - Alexis Weaver, Grade 4, Riverside Elementary School, Williamson
Third Place - Bethany May, Grade 4, Riverside Elementary School, Williamson

Grades 6-8
First Place - Ashley Bosserman, Grade 8, Elkins Middle School, Elkins
Second Place - Raymond Mason, Grade 6, Wheeling Middle School, Wheeling
Third Place - Emily Pino, Grade 8, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School, Oak Hill

Grades 9-12
First Place - Katy Gallaher, Grade 11, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling
Second Place - Alexander Roth, Grade 11, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling
Third Place - Lindsay Dunaway, Grade 11, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling

Poster Contest Winners
Grades 3-5
First Place - Seth Boggs, Grade 4, Belle Elementary School, Belle
Second Place - Gabrielle M. Chapman, Grade 5, Grandview Elementary School, Charleston
Second Place - Brandi N. Ransbottom, Grade 5, Grandview Elementary School, Charleston
Third Place, Mason A. Ballard, Grade 5, Confidence Elementary School, Liberty

Grades 9-12
Grand Prize - Jacqueline Villarreal, Grade 12, Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg
First Place - Jacob B. Madsen, Grade 12, Hannan High School, Ashton
Second Place - Daniel Bosley, Grade 12, Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg
Third Place - Helene Jakobsen, Grade 12, Hannan High School, Ashton
Creativity Award - Heather M. Greynolds, Grade 12, Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg

Service Organization Honor Roll Recipients
Mountaineer Food Bank
Sojourners
Charleston YMCA’s Black/Minority Achievers Program
West Virginia Health Right
Step-by-Step

“Living the Dream” Award Recipients
Joan Paul McDonald, Advocate of Peace Award
Dr. Donald Rasmussen, Sharing of Self Award
Dr. Dean Thompson, Human and Civil Rights Award
Paul Morris, Scholarship Award
Katherine Atwater, Governor’s Living the Dream Award

Prizes for the poster and essay competitions were generously donated by the foundations of West Virginia Colleges and Universities. For information about the Saturday awards ceremony or to find out how to nominate someone for next year’s awards, call the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120, or visit the website at www.wvmlkholidaycommission.org.

The mission of the Commission is to provide programs celebrating the life and principles of King’s philosophy of non-violence, lengthening his legacy. Strengthened by diversity, the Commission draws together members who strive to create opportunity for growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision: peace justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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