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MLK Art Contest Winner 1st Place Anahy Simon Garcia

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society announced the Tulsa-area students who won art, dance, essay and oratorical contests this week. These contests are in conjunction with the Tulsa MLK Parade that will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022. This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of the parade, with the theme “Hope and Action: The Fierce Urgency of Now.

Tulsa Public Schools student contest winners are listed below. 

  • Youth Art Contest: Students in grades K-6 were asked to create an illustration based on one of three themes that characterizes Dr. King’s life and work – Love, Peace or Unity – and what the theme means to them. All three winning drawings are showcased in the 2022 MLK Souvenir Book.
  • Interpretive Dance of Peace Contest: Individuals and team ensembles were encouraged to create and perform an interpretive dance with the theme of “Peace.” Dancers were judged based on accuracy, showmanship, choreography and performance. The 1st Place winner, receiving a $500 award, is Nzinga Collins, a 9th grade student at Will Rogers High School. 
  • Essay Contest: Middle school students (grades 6-8) were asked to write a 350-500 word essay on the topic, “I live my life as a reflection of Dr. King’s dream by . . .”  Essays were judged based on originality/creativity, clarity, use of facts or specific examples and other criteria. Their essays are published in the 2021 MLK Souvenir Book.  
    • 1st Place ($250):  Sophie Gray, 8th grade, Carver Middle School
    • 2nd Place ($225):  Whitney Smith, 8th grade, Carver Middle School
    • 3rd Place ($200):  Silas Barbour, 8th grade, Carver Middle School
    • 4th Place ($175): Maya Barki, 8th grade, Carver Middle School
    • 5th Place ($150): William Nettleship, 8th grade, Carver Middle School
  • Oratorical Contest: High school students (grades 9-12) were asked to memorize Dr. King’s iconic “I have a dream” speech for a chance to showcase their oratorical skills. Contestants were judged on clarity, quality, delivery, stage presence and memorization skills. 
    • 2nd Place ($500):  Jamaica Reed, 11th grade, Will Rogers High School
  • “Dream Out Loud” Student Award and Scholarship: This award is presented to a high school student who has demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and a commitment to the message and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Josiah Rhodes, a senior at Will Rogers High School, is the winner of this $500 scholarship. He is active in varsity wrestling and attends Tulsa Tech’s criminal justice program on the Peoria campus. Upon graduation, Josiah plans to attend college and pursue a degree in criminal justice. His ultimate career goal is to become a special agent or forensic accountant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He sees a career in law enforcement as an opportunity to help his local community and change the public perception of law enforcement by serving as an example to others. According to Josiah, his criminal justice instructors, Michael Brown and Vanessa Ellison, have reinforced his desire to serve in law enforcement, and he is excited about his future. The “Dream Out Loud” Award is presented annually by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society and Tulsa Tech