Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy, Read Award-Winning Essays

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Required fields are marked *center_img Education Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy, Read Award-Winning Essays By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Monday, January 16, 2017 | 4:16 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Public officials, community leaders and Pasadena Unified staff and students gathered Monday morning in the Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy auditorium for a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration to recognize award winning student work that echoed moving themes from America’s iconic civil rights leader.The celebration is the signature event hosted by the Pasadena MLK Coalition that featured live readings from first place essay winners and performing art demonstrations from elementary, middle and high school students.“As a District, we believe so much in making sure that we espouse the principles of Dr. King especially as it relates to tolerance. As educators we teach children to explore and learn everyday. The Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations demonstrate to the young people in our schools that individuals, neighbors and communities can come together to find solutions to some of our most pressing issues. It shows them that individual volunteering and working in the service of others can and do make a visible and meaningful difference,” said Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald.The MLK Community Coalition has sponsored the Martin Luther King Essay Contest for 26 years as a means to encourage students in the Pasadena Unified School District and local private schools to write essays addressing different aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.Over 300 students participated in this years’ contest that also included both visual and performing arts categories alongside essay writing.“We appreciate appreciate this partnership with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition and having community members who are responsive and proactive about keeping his dream alive. All of our students can grow by taking time to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the promise of equality and equity,” said Julianne Reynoso, PUSD Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Education.The auditorium—which included audience members Mayor Terry Tornek, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Anthony Portantino, Rev. James Stevenson and more—was treated to live essay readings from first place student winners that followed varied themes taught by Martin Luther King, Jr. followed by brief performing art demonstrations in the form of spoken word and interpretive dance pieces.“I want to thank the Martin Luther King Community Coalition for always making sure that the children are honored and also that we do not forget the principles of equality and compassion that Martin Luther King stood for and that shaped this nation’s history. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed us that we can create a country that is more caring, more just and more whole and I know that together we can continue to work so that we can make sure that generations to come will benefit,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu.The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration is the final event that is a part of a month long series of events that include the Rekindling the Light of Peace, The Essay and Art Contest and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Interdenominational Service.Over 20,000 Pasadena area students have participated in the contest since its debut nearly thirty years ago.“My challenge to each of us today is to choose one or more of Dr. King’s values or objectives that we will pursue in the face of those who would divide us and instill fear in our community. I will commit to you that the city will do everything it can to pursue his goals and his beliefs,” said City of Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.The celebration was presented in conjunction with the Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Aspires West Pasadena, Friends Indeed, Scott United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Pasadena Chapter, and the City of Pasadena.Here is a detailed list of all the student winners:Art Contest – Elementary School WinnersYanelli Flamenco – 1st Place4th GradeMadison ElementaryTeacher: Ms. RodriguezGiovana Novaes – 2nd Place5th GradeAltadena Elementary SchoolTeacher: Ms. AlfonsoBrandon Yan – 3rd Place4th GradeDon Benito Elementary SchoolTeacher: Mrs. SegerArt Contest – Middle School WinnersNicole Kwan – 1st Place7th GradeMcKinley Middle SchoolTeacher: Mr. GrayAndres Olmos – 2nd Place6th GradeMarshall Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. SzklarskiJoselyn Lopez – 3rd Place7th GradeBlair Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. MartinezArt Contest – High School WinnersAlana Conner – 1st PlaceBlair High School12th GradeTeacher: Mrs. MartinezAnna Givens – 2nd PlacePasadena High School10th GradeTeacher: Ms. GoreckiPauldamyel Chavez – 3rd PlaceBlair High School11th GradeTeacher: Mrs. MartinezEssay Contest – Elementary School FinalistsMaya De Cunto – 1st Place4th GradeMcKinley Elementary SchoolTeacher: Ms. Tammy HarveyEmma Griffith – 2nd Place5th GradeSan Rafael Elementary SchoolTeacher: Ms Marta RosalesRuby Chew – 3rd Place5th GradeSierra Madre Elementary SchoolTeacher: Ms. Tina OgronEssay Contest – Middle School FinalistsKylie Way – 1st Place7th GradeMarshall Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. Lisa YamanouyeSavion Scott – 2nd Place7th GradeMcKinley Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. TovarIan Macklin Sims – 3rd Place7th GradeBlair Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. Christine McLaughlinEssay Contest – High School FinalistsEnzo De Cunto – 1st Place9th GradeMarshall High SchoolTeacher: Mr. GanschowKeira Minamizono Von Imbior – 2nd Place9th GradeMarshall High SchoolTeacher: Mr. GanschowSol (Melodie) Ahn – 3rd Place9th GradeMarshall High SchoolTeacher: Mr. GanschowPerforming Arts Contest – Elementary School FinalistsTremaine Woodard – 1st Place5th GradeAltadena Elementary SchoolTeacher: Mrs. MillerZayriah Curry5th GradeAltadena Elementary SchoolTeacher: Mrs. MillerCedric Hill5th GradeMcKinley Elementary SchoolTeacher: Ms. Gangi-HallPerforming Arts Contest – Middle School FinalistsNicole Kwan – 1st Place6th GradeMcKinley Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. Rachel ZonshireD’Anra “Dolly” Rogers6th GradeEliot Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. Amber PlummerVanja Tapia Park7th GradeEliot Middle SchoolTeacher: Ms. Amber Plummer First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img