Elementary school students write winning essays for 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Posted on 01/11/2019
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Prince William County Public School students have been named as winners of the fourth and fifth-grade writing contest in the 2019 celebration of the life and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The contest was open to students from Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County.

The contest, sponsored by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, challenged students to respond to the Dr. King quote, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Students were asked to submit a one- or two-page essay that described small things they could do or have done, that impact their community positively.

Congratulations to the winners!


Fourth-Grade Winners:

First Place, Naya Watts, Minnieville Elementary School

Second Place, Kaitlyn Svrlinga, Marshall Elementary School

Third Place, Noor Shaikh, Pennington Traditional School


Fifth-Grade Winners:

First Place, Christina Grubbs, Mountain View Elementary School

Second Place, Tatiana Rose Cave, Minnieville Elementary School

Third Place, Jordon Sanders, The Nokesville School

Honorable Mention, Landen Allen, Mountain View Elementary School


The winners will be recognized at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21, at the Cecil D. Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge. This annual event draws thousands of attendees and is sponsored by the Prince William Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Cecil & Irene Hylton Foundation, and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation.