Several students from Racine received awards during the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Working with the theme "The Significance of His Actions," students were honored for their art and essays during a ceremony held in the university's Communication Arts Theatre on Jan. 21.
In the middle-school essay contest, Zachary Atkins of the REAL School was the first place winner and A'Jehanna Gaston of Starbuck Middle School was runner-up. At the high-school level, Park High School's Sedaria Wallace won the ninth and 10th-grade essay competition. Park studentsMiranda Langdon (first place) and Jazlyn Collins (runner-up) completed a school sweep of the 11th and 12th grade contest. In the college essay contest, UW-Parkside student Luis Tesillos of Racine received first-place honors. Each award recipient was honored with a commemorative medallion during the ceremony.
Students from Case High School earned the Community Outreach Project Award for the Minority Visionary Program, a group whose intent is to get new high school students thinking about their educational options beyond high school.
The university's 2011 Dr. King Community Service Awards were presented to Racine residents Latasha Collins and Tuanquilla (Tessa) McKinney.
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