HARTFORD—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Tuesday the 15 winners of his seventh annual ‘Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest.’ This year, Murphy received close to 2,000 entries from elementary, middle, and high school students from across Connecticut reflecting on Dr. King’s dream and their own aspirations.
“The best way to honor Dr. King is to continue his fight for equality and justice. Every year, I’m blown away and inspired by the thoughtful reflections on Dr. King’s legacy from students all across Connecticut. Their hope and determination should remind us all that young people are changing the world,” said Murphy.
The winning essays can be viewed below. Click on each student’s name to download his or her essay.
1st Congressional District Winners:
Emma Hadari, John F. Kennedy School
Alanna Jackson, Chippens Hill Middle School
Meranyelis Negron Figueroa, A.I. Prince Technical High School
2nd Congressional District Winners:
Vanessa Spruill, Kelly Middle School
Rebecca Harper, Windham Technical High School
3rd Congressional District Winners:
Eugene Lawrence-Marsh, Hop Brook Elementary
Gabriela Alvarez, Ansonia Middle School
Venice Montanaro, Joseph A. Foran High School
4th Congressional District Winners:
Sabrina Guerra, Virtual ACCESS Academy
Juliet Chattaway, New Canaan Country School
Princesse Ashley Hyppolite, J.M. Wright Technical High School
5th Congressional District Winners:
Eloise Clemente, Washington Primary School
Cooper Brown, Thompson Brook School
Kuang-Tsu Lee, Bethel High School