Martin Luther King, Jr., West Virginia Holiday Commission presents awards during annual celebration on Jan. 15

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Twenty-one young people, five individuals and three service organizations were honored Saturday, Jan. 15, with awards from the Martin Luther King, Jr., West Virginia Holiday Commission as part of the state’s observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The awards ceremony was held during an invitation-only luncheon at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.


Sponsored by the Commission, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and West Virginia State University, awards were given for the YWCA’s “Project on Racism” essay contest, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., poster contest, the Service Organization Honor Roll and the “Living the Dream” winners.

YWCA 18th ANNUAL “PROJECT ON RACISM”

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Grades 1-2

First Place - Janae Walker, Ritchie Elementary School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Second Place - Breezie Askew, Ritchie Elementary School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Third Place - James Jackovetty, Ritchie Elementary School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Grades 3-5

First Place - Josh Westfall, Sissonville Elementary School, Sissonville, Kanawha County

Second Place - Emily Donley, Wellsburg Primary School, Wellsburg, Brooke County

Third Place - Kylee Barcus, Madison Elementary School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Grades 6-8

First Place - Lindsay Gouge, McDowell County Gifted Program, Welch, McDowell County

Second Place - Spencer Rodgers, Triadelphia Middle School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Third Place - Stephanie Fike, Triadelphia Middle School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Grades 9-12

First Place - Errin A. Baynes, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Second Place - Maddie Frank, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, Ohio County

Third Place - Maggie Schlegel, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, Ohio County

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. 26TH ANNUAL

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

Grades 5-8

First Place - Tiffany R. Workman, Fairview Middle School, Fairview, Marion County

Grades 9-12

First Place - Hailey B. Harmon, Mingo Career and Technical Center, Delbarton, Mingo County

First Place - Tiffany Walker, Mingo Career and Technical Center, Delbarton, Mingo County

Second Place - Charlie E. Scott, Mingo Career and Technical Center, Delbarton, Mingo County

Third Place - Brandon L. Adkins, Mingo Career and Technical Center, Delbarton, Mingo County

Grades 9-12 Mixed Media

First Place - Chase D. Vance, Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County

Second Place - Amanda D. Kish, Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County

Third Place - Billy D. Keeling, Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County

Third Place - Joseph A. Lucas, Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County

“LIVING THE DREAM”

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS HONOR ROLL

Fairness West Virginia, Statewide Organization

RiffRaff Arts Collective, Princeton, Mercer County

West Virginia All Black Sports Hall of Fame, Weirton, Hancock County

“LIVING THE DREAM” AWARDS

Rabbi Victor Urecki, Charleston, Kanawha County, Advocate of Peace

Sharon Lewis, Charleston, Kanawha County, Sharing of Self

Stephen Skinner, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Human and Civil Rights

Charles DiSalvo, Morgantown, Monongalia County, Scholarship

Clifton Moore, Thorpe, McDowell County, Governor’s “Living the Dream”

The mission of the Commission is to provide programs celebrating the life and principles of King’s philosophy of non-violence, lengthening his legacy. Strengthened by diversity, the Commission draws together members who strive to create opportunity for growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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