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Martin Luther King essay, video winners announced

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 12:17 p.m. MDT

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen at dusk in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (Associated Press) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen at dusk in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Office of Education has announced the winners for the state's 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay and video contest.

The contest is open to all seventh- through 12th-grade students in the state. There were 645 essay entries and 12 video entries.

The essay winners by grade are: seventh grade, Jay Orten, Juab Junior High School, also the overall essay prize winner for junior high students; eighth grade, Pacian Garrett, Kearns Junior High School; ninth grade, M. Shelem Hatch, Gunnison Valley High School; 10th grade, Nicole Chang, Park City High School; 11th grade, Jordyn Spiller, Alpine Academy in Erda; 12th grade, McKay Holbrook, Woods Cross High School, also the overall essay prize winner for high school students.

Video winners by grade are: seventh grade, Kurt Memmott from Juab Junior High; eighth grade, Helena Rodriguez from Clayton Middle School, also the overall winner for junior high; ninth grade, Tyce Peterson from Syracuse Arts Academy; 10th grade, Taylor Dillon, Carolyn Hammon, Daisy Mele and Matthew Roberts from Woods Cross High School; 12th grade, Mikinley Weaver and Valerie Morgan from Woods Cross High School, also the overall high school video winners; 12th grade, Bradan Jones, Kaitland Garner, Veronica Hanna, and Kaleb Christensen from Woods Cross High School.

The winners were chosen by a committee from the Utah State Office of Education. Each winning entry was given a $50 cash prize, a $50 gift card from Smith's Food and Drug, and a Martin Luther King Jr. pin from the Davis School District.

Overall junior and senior high winners received an additional $50 cash award and a full scholarship to Camp Anytown from the Inclusion Center.

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