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Essay-poster contest honors MLK’s legacy

October 04, 2007

ASU invites schoolchildren from all over the state to enter its 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay-poster contest. Winners will receive savings bonds and have their entries displayed at ASU.

They also will be honored at ASU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast Jan. 28, along with their parents, teachers and school principals.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 2.

ASU started the contest 23 years ago to encourage children to discuss the ideals of the late civil rights leader with their parents and teachers.

Students are asked to create their entries around the theme, “Beyond the Dream: Building Communities Through Servant Leadership,” focusing on a member of their family, school or community who demonstrates leadership through service.

Essays or poems depicting the theme must be 250 words or less. The winning posters will be made into bookmarks, so they must be oblong in shape – as small as 4.5 inches by 11 inches but no larger than 6.75 inches by 17 inches. Prizes are $150, $100 and $75 savings bonds.
Entries in each of the three categories will be judged by grade level: primary (kindergarten through second grade), intermediate (third grade through fifth grade), middle (sixth grade through eighth grade) and secondary (ninth grade through 12th grade).

Winning entries will be chosen on the basis of originality, clarity, creativity and best depiction of the theme.

Entry forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Jim Serio at (480) 965-1325 or