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Prodigies for Peace contest winners honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prodigies for Peace award winners with the Everett School Board. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Prodigies for Peace award winners with the Everett School Board. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

Contest participants express their hopes and dreams through writing and art.

The Prodigies for Peace writing and art contest helps students draw connections between people and events that shaped the civil rights movement and the social issues that continue to influence their lives today.

Award winners were recognized February 22, 2017, during a Snohomish County Branch of NAACP event in Everett and at the March 7th school board meeting.

The Reverend Dr. Martin King, Jr. wrote, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”

“Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.”

“Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes.”

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Earlier this year Everett School District students were asked, “What is your message to your peers that would empower them to overcome the messages today of violence and hatred to create a world where all lives matter?”

Students reflected upon this question in February 2017 for the 16th annual Prodigies for Peace competition sponsored by the Snohomish County Branch of NAACP.

Students wrote essays or created art that answered this year’s question.

For artists, the prompt was to create an art piece (using any medium) that reflects his or her “artistic vision of Dr. King’s dream coming true in our country through your eyes.”

The following twenty-six students received awards in Everett Public Schools:

ESSAY WINNERS:

Grades 3-5

1st Place:

  • Ilana O’Neal - View Ridge Elementary, Mr. Hashimoto.
  • Jaidyn Wilson - Monroe Elementary, Mrs. Brunswick-Nelson.
  • Owen Rivera - Emerson Elementary, Mr. Mayer.

2nd Place:

  • Noa Grace Calderwood - Whittier Elementary, Ms. Shearer.

3rd Place:

  • Avanni-Shri Napier - Whittier Elementary, Mrs. Reyes.
  • Valerie Gutierrez - View Ridge Elementary, Mr. Hashimoto.

Grades 6-8:

  • 3rd Place: Breanne Nixon - Evergreen Middle, Ms. Vafaeezadeh.

ART WINNERS:

Grades 3-5

1st Place:

  • Emily Konch - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.
  • Lillianne Hansen - View Ridge Elementary, Mr. Hashimoto.

2nd Place:

  • Gracelyn Deuter - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.
  • Tessa Hahn - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.

3rd Place:

  • Valeria Guerrero - Mill Creek Elementary, Ms. Tidwell.
  • Luke Hammond - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Mayah Arnold - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.
  • Mia Valencia - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.
  • Tammy Jordan - View Ridge Elementary, Mr. Hashimoto.
  • Sophia Smith - Monroe Elementary, Dr. Sasnett.
  • Cobin Chadwick - Whittier Elementary, Mrs. Reyes.
  • Mackenzie Carlson - View Ridge Elementary, Mr. Hashimoto.
  • Roman Kanava - Mill Creek Elementary, Ms. Johnson.

Grades 6-8:

1st Place:

  • Ashley (Lin Ting) Liang - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.

2nd Place:

  • Taylor Byrd - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.

3rd Place:

  • Six Brazelton - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Laura Anderegg - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.
  • Srivishnu Chandramouli - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.
  • Siobhan Williams - Heatherwood Middle, Ms. Coffman.

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