UNION, NJ – The winners of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”, sponsored by the Township of Union, have been announced.

Writers inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his vision of uniting people for the good of all submitted their essays for an opportunity to win an expense-paid, day trip to the African American History Museum in Washington, D.C.

“We hope that through this contest, we can come together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King while also taking a stand against the violation of people’s rights no matter their race, creed, or color,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.

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Essay contest winners are:

2nd & 3rd Grade:

1st Place           Vendetta Keyes, Connecticut Farms 
2nd Place           Cristina Moreira, Holy Spirit School

3rd Place           Lilliana Pereira, The Pingry School

4th to 6th Grade:

1st Place            Joy Oledimmah, Kawameeh Middle School 

2nd Place           Belicia Pinkrah, Central Five – Jefferson School

3rd Place           Etera Pendleton, Battle Hill Elementary School

7th to 9th Grade:

1st Place            Riya Kumar, Burnet Middle School 

2nd Place           Zoha Arif, Burnet Middle School

3rd Place           Makeda Green, UHS

10th to 12th Grade:

1st Place            Rabia Brown, UHS

2nd Place           Mickeala Bland, UHS

3rd Place           Ala Dorvil, UHS

1st Place            Nicole Miceli 

2nd Place           Crystal Moon-Boulware

3rd Place           Kevin Hall