BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS — Students from Woods Cross High took top honors in four of six categories in the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. high school video and essay contests.
Of 19 students winners in all categories, 11 were from Woods Cross.
“This contest is an opportunity for Utah’s seventh through twelfth graders to continue to find new meaning and applications for the legacy Dr. King left to the world in the area of human and civil rights,” said Jackie Thompson, coordinator of educational equity for Davis School District.
“The Woods Cross students did an outstanding job with their video message of ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” she said. “Their essays were powerful too.”
The theme for the contest, which was sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education’s Educational Equity department, was a quote from King:
“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
Students were asked to base their entries on how they felt about the quote and how they could use the quote to honor King and the legacy he left the world.
McKay Holbrook, a senior, was named the grand prize winner in the essay contest for all high school students. His essay, one of 645 entered, was on having the courage to stand up against racism.
“If people just took a stand no matter how small,” he wrote, “the world would be a different place. The world changed when King took his stand against it. He knew what was right and stuck to it even though it would eventually kill him.”
In the video category, Mikinley Weaver and Valerie Morgan earned the grand prize at the high school level. Their video, one of 12 entered, showed a high school student bullied by other students. Another student, in just a few words, gives him encouragement.
Awards were also presented for individual grade levels. Taylor Dillon, Carolyn Hammon, Daisy Mele and Matthew Roberts won in the 10th-grade video category. Bradan Jones, Kaitland Garner, Veronica Hanna and Kaleb Christensen were the winners in the 12th-grade video category.
Another Davis County student, Tyce Petterson of Syracuse Arts Academy, was the eighth-grade winner in the video competition.
Essays and videos can be viewed at the USOE’s website: schools.utah.gov/equity.