West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest being held for WVU Parkersburg freshmen.
CONTACT: Randy Oldaker, chair of the college's Social Justice Committee, 304-424-8246.
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An essay contest in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. is being held for freshman students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Sponsored by the college's Social Justice Committeein partnership with DuPont, the contest is part of a celebration the college is planning in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The freshman college essay contest revolves around Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The original essay is to be on one of the following topics: How has Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream influenced your community and the world?; What could you do in your community to fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?, and If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, would he believe his dream has been fulfilled? Why or why not?
Essays should be typewritten, double-spaced, and between 300 and 500 words. Entries can be submitted to any full-time faculty member in the English Department or to Randy Oldaker, chair of the college's Social Justice Committee, in the Humanities Division office. Students should include a cover sheet with their name, e-mail address, and telephone number. Deadline to enter the essay contest is Friday, December 8th.
Winners will be contacted before the college's MLK celebration, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at which the first-place winner will read his or her essay. There will be three prizes for the top three winners: a Dell computer and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate for the first-place winner; a $100 Barnes & Noble gift certificate for the second-place winner, and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate for the third-place winner.