Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Seven eighth-grade students from Huntington Middle School were selected as winners of the third annual Words of Reflection Writing Contest, sponsored by Marshall University's Center for African American Students.

Charles C. Meyers, Jr., a spring 2013 MU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in engineering, organized the contest as part of his Future Investment Program. 

Meyers said the purpose of the contest is for the students to reflect upon their lives and write about obstacles they want to overcome, obstacles they have overcome, inspirational people in their lives, or the impact that they want to make in life.

Meyers said he developed the writing contest in 2012 as a way for the students to realize the value of their own personal stories.

"I am very proud of the seven winners of the Words of Reflection Writing Contest," Meyers said. "I value each of their stories because they wrote from their hearts.  Each of us has a story to tell, and these students did an excellent job telling their own personal stories."

For the third consecutive year, the winners attended the university's annual Diversity Breakfast at Marshall on Friday, Feb. 14, which was followed by an awards ceremony in which they received their framed certificates and shared their stories.

The students participated in the contest from Jan. 10 through Jan. 31.  MU student volunteers and community members judged the writing contest last week to help Meyers select the winners.  

The winners of this year's Words of Reflection Contest are: