MLK Day Essay/Poetry Contest Planned for January Observance

Competition Open to 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Students from Clinton County Schools

November 28, 2012

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of an essay and poetry contest being held in conjunction with Wilmington College’s annual community observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21.

Students in grades 10 through 12 attending Clinton County schools are eligible to compete for $50 and $25 first and second place awards, respectively, in either of the literary categories utilizing the theme, “Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: The Man or the Mission?”

Bennyce Hamilton, WC’s new director of multicultural affairs, is leading the planning for the popular MLK Day event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m., in WC’s Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. She issued a special invitation to the contestants and their families to attend the King celebration program at which the winners will receive their awards.

She said Wilmington College faculty members will judge the entries, which are due on campus Jan. 9. Those interested in the contest can find rules, writing prompt and the official entry form at or by sending a request to Watson Library at