The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is excited to announce the winners of our 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay, and Multimedia Contest! The 2020 theme was "Standing for What Matters." 

On March 8, 1965, the day after “Bloody Sunday,” on which civil rights protestors were attacked and beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Dr. King said:

"A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

His words remind us that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter and doing what is right may not be the easiest choice, but if justice is to prevail, difficult choices must be taken. Dr. King was a leader because he spoke out when others were resigned to silence.

Students were asked to think about times in their lives when they spoke out against an injustice. What impact did it leave on them and your community? 

When have you had or will you have the courage to speak out for something that truly matters?

2020 Contest Winners:

Art Winners:
6th Grade Art: 
Carina Cullen - Charles L. Seipelt Elementary
7th Grade Art: Tieranee Anast - Arlington Local School
8th Grade Art: Andrew Carlson - Lake Center Christian School
9th Grade Art: Rylar Essigner - Arlington Local School
10th Grade Art: Evelyn Flick - Arlington Local School
11th Grade Art: Halle Leroux - Riverside High School
12th Grade Art: Chenoa Newman - Arlington Local School

Essay Winners:
6th Grade Essay: 
Natalie Zinn - Vinton County Middle School
7th Grade Essay: Emily Kovatch - St. Michael's School
8th Grade Essay: Julia Biedenbach - St. Michael's School
9th Grade Essay: Joud Kiwan - Lakota East High School
10th Grade Essay: Maurice Harrison - Eastmoor Academy High School
11th Grade Essay: Emma Krantz - Solon High School
12th Grade Essay: Torre Wilks - Solon High School

Multimedia Winners:
Multimedia: 
Innocence Dague - Port Clinton High School
Multimedia: Emmett Looman, Liam Looman, and Armaan Tindni - The Schilling School for Gifted Children

 

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Carina CullenCarina Cullen
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Emily KovatchEmily Kovatch
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Tieranee AnastTieranee Anast
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Julia BiedenbachJulia Biedenbach
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Andrew CarlsonAndrew Carlson
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Evelyn FlickEvelyn Flick
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Halle LerouxHalle Leroux
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Torre WilksTorre Wilks
Chenoa NewmanChenoa Newman
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Emmett Looman and Liam LoomanEmmett Looman and Liam Looman
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Natalie ZinnNatalie Zinn
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Ronald ToddRonald Todd
Zack ReedZack Reed
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Torre WilksTorre Wilks
Teaching Winner John WilsonTeaching Winner John Wilson
Teaching Winner John WilsonTeaching Winner John Wilson
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