Winners of MLK contest announced

By Jack King

Seven Clovis students have won prizes for posters, essays and speeches in a contest connected to the observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday Jan. 19.
Winners were announced at their schools Monday. Each won a $50 savings bond or a plaque, depending on the contest in which they participated.
The observance is organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Clovis. This year’s theme is “A Day On, Not a Day Off: A Continuous Strive Toward Unity.” Commission President Joyce Pollard said the theme means King’s birthday should be a day of service to others, not a holiday.
Winners are:
Posters
n Ashley Span, senior, Clovis High School, for a poster protesting gang violence, $50 savings bond and a certificate of appreciation.
n Callie Span, ninth grade, Gattis Junior High School, for a poster showing a rainbow of cooperating races, $50 savings bond.
n Gabriel Velez, sixth grade, Zia Elementary, for a poster showing a portrait of King and scenes from his life, $50 savings bond.
Essays
n Traysa Span, eighth grade, Gattis Junior High School, for an essay whose theme was “Martin Luther King would not let anything stand in the way of freedom.” She was awarded a plaque.
n Shanna K. Wight, sixth grade, Zia Elementary, for an essay whose theme was “Martin Luther King’s dream was to see justice made right for all people, through non-violence.” She was awarded a plaque.
Speeches
n Callie Span, ninth grade, Gattis Junior High, for a speech whose theme was “Dr. King worked for a better future for all people.” She was awarded a plaque
n Chelsea McClelland, sixth grade, Zia Middle School, for a speech whose theme was “Dr. King never took a day off in his struggle for freedom.” She was awarded a plaque.
“All the students who participated did a super job and everyone was a winner. It was a hard decision to choose a few,” Pollard said. “We really appreciate the teachers who encouraged them to participate.”