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Mendota student is winner of King Jr. essay contest

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013

OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College Diversity Team and IV Sustainability have announced winners of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest. Winnners were selected by faculty judges from among a variety of entries about civil rights and the civil rights movement.

Winners were: Yohan Arellano of Mendota, first for the critical essay “Martin’s Dream;” Shelby Matthews, Princeton, second for the essay “Civil Rights;” and tying for third were Karen Smith of LaMoille for the essay “The First Woman Illinois Lawyer” and Douglas Skromme of Ottawa for the poem “Dr. King.”

Winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate and Arellano, as first place winner, will have a book on the civil rights movement inscribed with his name donated to Jacob’s Library. Arellano’s essay was about Dr. King’s commitment to poverty and the working class as well as his opposition to war.

A public reception was held for the winners where they read their entries.

For information, contact Amanda Cook Fesperman, Chairwoman of the IVCC Diversity Team, at (815) 224-0203.

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