Area youth honor civil rights leader with original works

By Manhattan Public Library

Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was “Live Together as Brothers and Sisters,” which was taken from one of Dr. King’s most famous quotes: “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

This year, there were 190 total entries, with 122 in the writing category and 68 in the art category. There was participation from kids of all ages, as well as adults. We had entries from almost all of the area elementary schools, Eisenhower and Anthony middle schools, Manhattan High School, Wamego High School, Manhattan Catholic Schools, Flint Hills Christian School, Riley County schools, Kansas State University, and homeschool students.

Submissions for the contest were accepted beginning in December through Jan. 12, with the judging taking place on Jan. 13.

All entries were judged based on five criteria: originality, creativity, artistic quality or writing style, content, and relevance to the theme. Winners were chosen by a panel of volunteer judges from the community. A thanks goes out to this year’s judges for volunteering their time and effort! Writing Judges included John DeSanto, retired English and Mass Communications Instructor; Carol Russell, English Professor at Kansas State University; and Brohgan Dieker, Administrative Assistant in the International Admissions and Recruiting Department at Kansas State University and former KSU Writing Center tutor.

Art judges included Emily Jalinsky, Instructor at Manhattan Art Center; Karen Schmidt, retired USD 383 middle school art teacher; and Troy Britt, Gallery Attendant and Technician at the Beach Museum of Art and Kansas State University art student.

Besides Manhattan Public Library, this year’s sponsors included the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation, Gallery for Peace and Justice, Varney’s, Claflin Books and Copies, Manhattan Library Association, and Manhattan Town Center. Because of our generous sponsors, we were able to award $1,000 in prizes to the winners.

Best of show winners received $100 gift certificates from Varney’s or Claflin Books and Copies and $20 gift cards from Manhattan Town Center. First place winners from each of the five age categories received a $50 gift certificate from Varney’s or Claflin Books and Copies.  Honorable mention winners received $20 gift certificates from either Varney’s or Claflin Books and Copies.

All winners received a certificate of recognition from the MLK Art & Writing Contest Committee.

Award winners were invited to participate in two community ceremonies recognizing their achievements.

The first was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration sponsored by Hands On Kansas State and the Manhattan Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee. This event took place on Jan. 18 at Flint Hills Christian School.

The second ceremony took place during the community MLK celebration at Manhattan Town Center on Monday. Manhattan Mayor John Matta presented the winners with their awards in the annual recognition ceremony.

Here are the 2013 contest winners:




Best of show: Seoyon Kim, Amanda Arnold Elementary

First place: Kindergarten-second Grade: Ritodeep Roy, Lee Elementary

Third-fifth Grade: Mitchell Henry, Amanda Arnold Elementary

Sixth-eighth Grade: Lilly Sessions, Frank V. Bergman Elementary

Adult:  Marc Mohn, Kansas State University

Honorable mention: Sixth-eighth Grade: Liam Coles, Flint Hills Christian School

Ninth-12th grade: Lisa Zhu, Manhattan High School

Adult: Roderick Hoffman




Best of show: Ashtyn Kulp, Riley County Elementary

First place: Kindergarten-second grade: Seoyon Kim, Amanda Arnold Elementary

Third-fifth grade: Ella Sessions, Frank V. Bergman Elementary

Sixth-eighth grade: Vicky Bedros, Manhattan Catholic Schools

Ninth-12th grade: group entry of Sarah Featherstone, Derek Pockrandt, and Kenan Bitikofer,  Flint Hills Christian School

Adult: Jeremiah Davidson

Honorable mention: Third-fifth grade: Jakob Hagemeister, Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Sixth-eighth grade: Elizabeth Dunaway, Flint Hills Christian School

Sixth-eighth grade: Hannah Lawrence, Flint Hills Christian School

Ninth-12th grade: Hannahlea DeWitt, Flint Hills Christian School

Adult: Megan Goins, Manhattan Christian College


Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to all of the individuals and groups who participated in the contest.

The winning entries are currently on display at MPL in the atrium through the end of February. Some of the other art entries are on display in the Children’s Room, as well.

Be sure to stop by and take a look!

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