MLK Essay Contest

2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Winners

Matthew Eschevarria, Erin Lynn Keddaly, Salvaila W Richardson, Jazmin Wallace, and Claire Whalen

2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Winners

Each year in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Carlisle MLK Commemoration Event Committee sponsors an essay contest for students in grades 1-12 from Carlisle Area School District, St. Patrick School, Carlisle Christian Academy, and The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church. Each winner receives an award certificate and a monetary award and is recognized at the Carlisle MLK Commemoration Event.

This year's theme is "Looking forward, we stand united."  The winning essays can be viewed by clicking on each student's name below.

Essay Prompt for Grades 1-5
Consider this year’s theme “Looking forward, we stand united.” Write an essay that clarifies what this statement means to you and describes what it might actually look like to “stand united” (as a school, community, country, etc.)

Essay Prompt for Grades 6-12
Consider this year’s theme “Looking forward, we stand united.” Write an essay that examines a specific issue that currently divides people (in a particular area or community, across the nation, or around the world) and, drawing on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. for inspiration, propose a solution for how to overcome these divisions and “stand united.”

1st Grade - Chloe Marie Kappeler, North Dickinson Elementary

2nd Grade - Kabir Bedi, Mooreland Elementary

3rd Grade - Sofie Nguyen, Crestview Elementary 

4th Grade - Madison Wurm, Mt. Holly Spring Elementary 


5th Grade - Elisabeth Forrester, Crestview Elementary 

6th Grade - N’Vayeh M. K. Wiggins, Lamberton Middle School

7th Grade - Grace Pak, Wilson Middle School 

8th Grade - Elizabeth Blymire, Lamberton Middle School

9th Grade - Laura Transue, Carlisle High School

10th Grade - Caleb Reapsome, Carlisle High School

12th Grade - Aidan Checkett, Carlisle High School