Southwest students among MLK essay winners

Southwest middle school students were among the winners of the 2008 Martin Luther King essay contest sponsored by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Winning students present their essays 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Minneapolis City Council chambers at City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

The winning Southwest students were: Meg Adams, Alyssa Moore, Mary Thomas and Emily O’Dermott of Anthony Middle School; Christopher Lee-Foss and Emma Michl of Lake Harriet Upper School; Daniel Barlow of Anwatin Middle School; and Leslie Hays of Park View Montessori School. Barlow, an 8th-grader, and Hays, a 6th-grader, earned first place for their grades.

The annual contest invites all 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in Minneapolis Public Schools to submit a short essay on a topic related to civil rights. This year, students were asked to consider why discrimination still exists today even though governments have taken steps to prohibit it by law, as with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Three winners were chosen from each grade level. Winners receive a U.S. savings bond, with first-place students going on to a statewide contest in May sponsored by the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions.