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Left to right are Horace Mann fifth graders Delanie Vinzant and Elizabeth Smith; Amy Nally, director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement at Northwest; and Horace Mann sixth graders Bethel Orshiso and Rachel Brummett-Wake. The students won an essay contest commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 22, 2011

Students commemorate Martin Luther King Day with essay contest, service project

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four fifth and sixth grade students at Northwest Missouri State University's Horace Mann Laboratory School were recognized this week as winners of an essay contest commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.  

Fifth graders Delanie Vinzant and Elizabeth Smith and sixth graders Bethel Orshiso and Rachel Brummett-Wake won the contest, which asked the participants to write a one-page essay reflecting about the future of our society, equality and what a loving environment means to them.

The winners were picked from 22 submissions. Additionally, Northwest students partnered with Maryville Community Services to help those in need. About 40 students gathered Martin Luther King Jr. Day to package about 250 hygiene bags that were donated to Project Homeless. 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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