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GREEN BAY – The 25th annual community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. was  held Saturday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

As part of the celebration, students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Brown County and Oneida Nation schools were invited to participate in a poster/essay/poetry contest. They were asked to create their entry based on the theme “2020” Envision Change. Act Now.”

According to the organization’s Mission Statement, the idea behind the 2020 Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is to bring communities together “to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King, and remember our responsibility to advance his dream.”

The first-place entries from each category are below as well as a list of the second- and third-place finishers and honorable mentions. The third-place posters are also included.

The winners are:

Grades K-3

First place

Sola Indigo Newton-Sallmann, Leonardo da Vinci School, essay

“Equity”

When Martin Luther King, Jr. was a kid he could not eat at the same restaurants, go to the same school, or do things like that as white people could. Now a wall is being built to keep people out because of the color of their skin!

When King, Jr. was a kid he realized all of this was wrong. I’m 7 years old and I know the wall is wrong. I may just be a kid but there’s still plenty I can do. For example, go to protests, put up signs and posters. At first, people may not even notice it. But if I keep trying something will happen.

As a grown-up, King, Jr. made speeches to the public. When I am a grown-up, I want to do the same.

Martin Luther King, Jr. got up and did all this. He didn’t just sit back and wait for someone else. If everyone who thought something was wrong and just sat back, then nothing would get done. But, if everyone joined in, then things happen a lot faster.

Other winners

Second place: Benjamin Renkas, Susie C. Altmayer Elementary School, essay

Third place: Emma Clark, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, essay

Honorable mention: Helena Reich, Hemlock Creek Elementary School, essay

Honorable mention: Jaquelene-Marie Harris-Gambrell, Tank Elementary School, poster

Honorable mention: Isabella Cruz, Tank Elementary School, poster

Honorable mention: Carenza Lopez, Tank Elementary School, poster

Grades 4-6

First place

Keira Heffernan, Foxview Intermediate School, poetry

“Change”

Think of the perfect place to live. Think of a perfect world.

How would people act?

How blue would the oceans be?

How green would the fields be?

How many animals would be thriving?

Would violence be reduced?

Would world hunger be put to an end?

Would people be more positive?

Think of how you could change the world to be this dreamland.

Change your actions to be kind, generous, and devoted.

Stop throwing away recyclable goods that will be dumped into the ocean.

Don’t build on land that is thriving and beautiful.

Don’t kill the endangered species.

Put a stop to your anger and hatred.

Give to those in need instead of taking what you want.

Always look at the cup as half full, instead of half-empty.

Envision what you would change to make everyone happy.

Envision what you would change to make yourself happy.

Then go out and change your ways.

Other winners

Second place: Paige Miller, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, essay

Third place: Samuel Raymond, Doty Elementary School, poster

Honorable mention: Charlotte Bressers, Foxview Intermediate School, essay

Honorable mention: Cana Raymond, Edison Middle School, poster

Honorable mention: Lyrik Smith, Tank Elementary School, poster

Grades 7-9

First place

Yesenia Zacarias, Edison Middle School, essay

“2020. Envision Change. Act Now.”

Our world is in a crisis that no prescription, antibiotic, or medication can fix. We have been in vicious ongoing cycle of abuse, racism, stereotypes, and police brutality that even with the efforts and help by Martin Luther King Jr. and all his colleagues, still hasn’t been fixed. The people of this country have and are trying to restore this place to something it has never been before. A place where no one gets discouraged by others. A place where no one is laughed at or teased because of how they look. A place where equality is the golden rule.

If we want a better world for future generations, we need to learn how to respect each other for our morals and values, not our looks and backgrounds. Every day we need to reach a hand out to anyone in need no matter what their skin color is or how they dress. We need to understand that not everyone’s life is a walk in the park and that humans have bad days. We also need to understand that no two people are the same and it is foolish to look at someone as if they were garbage. If everyone did that, love and affection would be meaningless.

Things like this don’t just happen overnight. Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement in the 1960’s lasted for 13 years until his inhumane death in 1968. It took a long time for people to realize that what he envisioned was possible if everyone worked together. The world is not going to fix itself, everyone needs to pitch in and help even if it’s just a small gesture of picking up a paper for someone else or offering to help with a project or activity. Right now, even though the world is not perfect, people are still trying to make an effort to help the world. By reaching out a hand to people in need no matter what they look like, or by helping someone with their locker, even by simply smiling at strangers and brightening their day, I am helping this fight to get out of our cycle of racism, stereotypes, and police brutality. By doing these things, I am helping the world restore its vision to become the place it has never been. A place only seen in dreams and fantasy lands.

Other winners

Second place: Elijah Raymond, De Pere Middle School, poetry

Third place: Adriana Silva Hernandez, Edison Middle School, poster

Third place: Delaney King, Lombardi Middle School, poster

Honorable mention: Sophia VanLoon, Aldo Leopold Community School, poster

Honorable mention: Alejandra Rodriguez Guzman, Edison Middle School, poetry

Honorable mention: Jannah Brekke, De Pere Middle School, poetry

Honorable mention: Lincoln Anderson, Edison Middle School, poetry

Grades 10-12

First place

Mercy Gichobi, Bay Port High School, poetry

“Visionaries”

There was once a man, who had a vision of a land

Where black and white sat together

So he stood up and took a stand.

Martin Luther King

There once was a girl, whose vision of education

Guided her flight through turmoil and tribulations

To bring the power of knowledge to those who coward in frustration.

Malala Yousafza

There once was a nun whose God and good graces

Gave a vision to the poor and those

Who had lost or misplaced it.

Mother Teresa

There once was a leader who’s eyes could see clearer

To those who had visioned

To oppress the inferior.

Nelson Mandela

There once was a lady

who’s vision and loud actions

Continued the fight and called for reactions.

Rosa Parks

There once was an engineer whose mind had no limit

With a vision in his hand

Created a new way of living.

Bill Gates

Over 100 billion people have lived on this planet

But only you have your vision

And only you can commend it.

You

Me

All these people had visions

All these people were brave

All these people had courage

All these people who acted

All these people made change

Visionaries

Other winner

Second place: Rachel Stumpf, Pulaski High School, essay

Contact Peter Frank at (920) 431-8311 or pfrank@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PeterFrankGB.

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