• (courtesy photo) The 2015 winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest. (From left to right) Second Runner Up Demarus Jackson (Riverside Middle School), First Runner Up Tanya Floyd (Riverside Middle School), and Grand Prize Winner Bodie Bickford (The Center for Economicology)
  • The winners and honorable mention recipients in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

1st Runner Up Winner, Ms. Holt’s Sixth Grade Class at Riverside Middle School

by Tanya Floyd  

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But my dream isn't like that; it is selfless like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s! In his "I Have a Dream" speech I read some sentiments that are like mine. For example Dr. King said, "Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." Like Dr. King, I dream of ending unfair things, too, like teasing, bullying, discrimination, beheadings and hangings.

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest

A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions selected.

The winners were:

Each winning student will receive a certificate of deposit and a gift card to Schuler Books and Music. Additionally, 22 students from five schools received honorable mention recognition. They each will receive a gift card to Schuler Books and Music.

The essays were judged by more than 50 Warner Norcross attorneys and staff according to Michigan Education Assessment Program guidelines for narrative writing. The essays were evaluated for ideas, organization, style and conventions.

Maybe to accomplish Dr. King's and my dreams we will need to pull some more heroes out of our world. To me, a hero is a person who wants to help just to be nice or that cares for no reason. A hero doesn't have to have the ability to fly or have super strength to save the day; they just need to follow their hearts and have sophistication in them. The people I think that are heroes to me are the women and men who work at the Kids' Food Basket. They are my role models because they help the kids that don't get to go home and have a snack or eat large meals that other people get to eat. The women and men working there are my roles models because they give their own time and lots of money to help kids who can't even have a small snack after school. I think it is very sweet that they would do something wonderful like that.

The people that are working at Kids' Food Basket help me want to become a better person by showing me that I can help end hunger and help people who need assistance. My mother has even volunteered at the Kids' Food Basket. In my opinion, when I heard that there are kids in this world that don't have any food to eat and dirty water, I thought, "Hey why aren't we all getting involved?" I plan to go down to their offices and ask how hold you have to be to work there. If I do get to help, then I will take my time to make food bags for people. We need to figure out ways to help all people live better lives. Our Constitution says that everybody has the right to go after their own happiness. We all should make that happen. I think the men and women at Kids' Food Basket have the same characteristics as Dr. King did. Like the care and love they put into their actions, I want to have the same ones too.

If Dr. King was still alive, he would be proud of the great accomplishments that organizations like Kids' Food Basket have done for these kids to help meet their needs. I plan to try to make the world a better place by going to school and going to college at Michigan State University. My dream was always to become a doctor or some kind of nurse to help people. I really hope my dream comes true.

I really hope that more and more people can help the kids and adults who need it when they can. Like Dr. King said, "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward;" so do that and don't give up. Don't be the selfish dreamers, instead, work to feed the hungry. I'm going to try to make that my motto. When I work to accomplish a dream, I will do it in honor of Dr. King, not just for me. I will try my best to make a success in this world like King wanted us to. What can you do to accomplish your dream?

Submitted on: February 15th 2015

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