A record number of essays were received for the 2014 MLK Essay Contest. The contest invited staff, faculty and staff to write essays reflecting on the application of Dr. King's values and vision to contemporary social, political and economic issues.
This year, 122 entries were received – more than double the number of essays received in 2013. MLK Essay Coordinator Obie Okuh is credited with increasing the number of entries as well as campus sponsors supporting the program. Contest winners were announced at the MLK Convocation held January 24 at the Amasa Stone Chapel.
Below is a list of contest winners and honorable mentions:
The First Place Winners ($1,000 Prize) are:
Faculty: Sarah Gridley, Assistant Professor of English, Essay – "Unity Where There is Not Uniformity"
Staff: Venota Pride, Human Resources Department, Essay – "Merging Americas"
Graduate/Professional Student: Abby Omojola, School of Law, Essay – "Two Worlds"
Undergraduate Student: Justine Ly, Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. Essay – "Tolerating Love"
The Second Place (Runner-Up) Winners ($500 Prize) are:
Faculty: Wells Addington, Lecturer in English Department, Essay – "The Spectacle of Poverty."
Staff: Melissa Persensky at Enrollment Management, Essay – "Dr. King's Stance on Birth Control: How Far We've Come and Have Yet to Go."
Graduate/Professional Student: Sam Duncan, History Department, Essay – "Two Americas, One Dream"
Undergraduate Student: Elizabeth Huddleston, Theatre and Psychology, Essay – "And Dr. King Was Right: Time Has Not Done Away With the Other America"
The Following Contestants Received Special Honorable Acknowledgments:
Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science and Director of Curriculum Review
Susanne Vees-Gulani, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the Department of Modern Language and Literatures
Brian Gran, Professor of Sociology and Law
Shannon Fujimura, School of Medicine, FCM
James Izrael, SAGES, and
Lauren Kallie, Pediatric Dentistry
Jonathan Kinser, History
Michael Bane, Music/Musicology
Sarah Park, School of Dental Medicine, and
Alicia Smith, Sociology
Temi Omilabu, Anthropology and Biochemistry
Ben Botsford, Cognitive Science
Colin Worden, Economics/Philosophy
Eliana Fabiyi, Theater and Medical Anthropology
Rebecca Arko, Nursing
Stephen Kolison, Psychology