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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Winners of 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day poster and essay contests announced

MLK Awards 2023

The Brookings Human Rights Commission has announced the winners of its 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day poster and essay contests. Dr. King was a supporter of human rights and freedoms for all citizens.

The contests are designed for participants to reflect on Dr. King’s ideas and the effect on our community through their contest entry. This year’s contest themes were based on Dr. King quotations.

Mayor Oepke “Ope” Niemeyer will present the winners with their awards at the Brookings City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m. To watch a livestream or replay of the Council meeting, go to cityofbrookings-sd.gov/CityCouncil

All poster entries will be on display at the Brookings Public Library for the remainder of January, at South Dakota State University throughout the month of February, and on the City of Brookings website at www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov

The poster contest was open to Brookings County K-5 students and participants from ADVANCE. The contest theme was “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” 

The essay contest was open to Brookings County middle and high school students and participants from ADVANCE. The theme was “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Contest winners are:

Grade K-1 - Poster                  

1st Place ($25.00)
Kenlee Greve
Medary Elementary – 1st Grade
Teacher: Alec Johnson
Parents: Kyle and Kalee Greve

2nd Place ($15.00)
Simon Arnold
Medary Elementary – Kindergarten
Teacher: Chelsea Acheson
Parents: Mychal and Emmy Arnold

3rd Place ($10.00)
Norah Miller
Medary Elementary – 1st Grade
Teacher: Caleb Langer
Parents: Meagan and Tyler Miller

Grade 2-3 - Poster  

 1st Place ($25.00)
Don Lin
Medary Elementary – 3rd Grade
Teacher: Jennifer Corlett
Parents: Xueyin and EnQin Lin

2nd Place ($15.00)
Juliette Bechmann
Medary Elementary – 3rd Grade
Teacher: Jennifer Corlett
Parents: Olivia and Justin Bechmann

3rd Place ($10.00)
Emily Vandersnick
Medary Elementary – 3rd Grade
Teacher: Jennifer Corlett
Parents: Amber and Nathan Vandersnick

Grade 4-5 - Poster 

1st Place ($25.00)
Timothy Jin
Camelot Intermediate School – 4th Grade
Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg
Parents: Hailong Jin and Tong Wang

 2nd Place ($15.00)
Kate Gayne
Camelot Intermediate School – 5th Grade
Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg
Parents: Geoffrey Gayne and Chaundra Hilleson-Gayne

3rd Place ($10.00)
Maria Koromyslova
Camelot Intermediate School– 5th Grade
Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg
Parents: Alex and Kate Koromyslova

ADVANCE - Poster                  

1st Place ($25.00)
Cole Collins
Parents: Jason and Renia Collins

 2nd Place ($15.00)
Maggie Stephens
Parent: Theresa Stephens

3rd Place ($10.00)
Fred Jess 

Essay – Middle School

Sanhita Tummala
1st Place ($100.00)
Mickelson Middle School – 6th Grade
Teacher: Jeff Olson
Parent: Vijaya Gaddipati

Sinan Briddick
2nd Place ($75.00)
Mickelson Middle School – 7th Grade
Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg
Parents: Hande and Chris Briddick

Finn Bartlett
3rd Place ($50.00)
Mickelson Middle School – 8th Grade
Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg
Parents: Dustin and Pam Bartlett

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