Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Essay and Art Contest

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ATHENS-January 8 is the deadline for the annual Athens-Limestone Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Essay and Art Contest. The addition of an art contest is new this year and is partially funded by the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission.

See the information below:





The City of Athens, Limestone County, and Limestone

NAACP announces the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Essay & Art Contest!

We are pleased to announce the addition of ART as an entry for the contest!

2018 essays divisions Themes on following page.

Grades 2 & 3; Grades 4 & 5; Grades 6 — 8; Grades 9 — 12

2018 art divisions Themes on following page.

Grades 2 – 5; Grades 6 – 12


•       Must be a student attending in Athens or Limestone County. Homeschoolers are encouraged to participate

•       No more than one page in length and typed or written legibly by hand.

e The student, not adults, must write the essay; counselors and parents may assist the student. Make sure it is the words and thoughts of the student.

•       Include the student’s name, age, and a phone number on the upper right corner of the essay; art will have the same information included on the back of the picture.

•       The essay will be judged on clarity, content, grammar, and theme development based on age of the writer; art will be judge based on creativity of theme expression and artistic skill based on chosen medium.

•       The winners in each category will read their essay during the MLK event program on January 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at the Event Center; all art will be displayed at the event program with the three winning entries on display at City Hall.

•       The first, second, and third place winners for both essay and art will receive a cash award.

•       For questions, you may contact Bernard Simelton: 256-426-6406 or 256-444-1300.


SUBMIT ENTRIES NO LATER THAN JANUARY 8, 2018 to the following!!!

Mail Essays and Art to

MLK Essay/Art Contest, P.O. Box 1071, Athens, AL 35612 or email to or hand-deliver to Kim G. at the Mayor’s Office

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