Martin Luther King Contest Winners Announced

The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards. Entries are on display at the Olathe Public Library.

A record 4400 entries were submitted in three major categories. The contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include:

Middle School Essay Honorees:
1st place:  Morgan McBride, 8th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School
2nd place: Shulammite Lim, 7th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Emily Martin, 6th grade, Santa Fe Trail Middle School

Senior High School Essay Honorees:
1st place: Riley Gay, senior, Olathe East
2nd place: Samuel Edwards, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kimberly Britton, freshman, Olathe Northwest

Multimedia Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
2nd place: Ryleigh Diskin, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School
3rd place: Jonie Welland, 8th grade, California Trail Middle School

Multimedia Senior High School Honorees:
1st place: Alec Fox, Mattie Karr, & Katie Langton, juniors, Olathe Northwest
2nd place: Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe South
3rd place: Josh Bigbee, Keyshawn Garraway, & Reis Hopkins, juniors, Olathe Northwest

Visual Arts Middle School Honorees:
1st place: Kyle McHale, 7th grade, California Trail Middle School
2nd place: Kelly Linstra, 7th grade, Indian Trail Middle School
3rd Place: Josie Zimmerman, 8th grade, Pioneer Trail Middle School

Visual Arts Senior High School Honorees:
1st place: Paige Thompson, senior, Olathe South
2nd place: Amy Barnes, senior, Olathe East
3rd place: Kelsey Taber, junior, Olathe North

Taking home the coveted Best in Show award was Gabe Felter, 6th grade, Frontier Trail Middle School, with his multimedia video “Say Something.” 

This is the 13th year for the celebration and award contest, sponsored by the City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools and other community partners.  The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice” was derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.  All entries are on display at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, until Wednesday, February 20.