Student Contests Entry Information

The 25th Annual Wake Forest Martin Luther King, Jr (MLK) Holiday Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church.

The MLK Committee is again offering a slate of contests for students in our Wake Forest/Rolesville area Schools. This is an opportunity for our communities to come together and recognize the talents of students in our schools. The contest consists of Performances (dancing, singing or speaking), Writing (essays and poetry) and Art (drawing and painting).

The contests are based on this year's theme: "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contests Entry Form

This year, three $500 scholarships will be offered to graduating high school seniors toward post-secondary education.


Areas of Performance

Creative Performance

Dancing to songs where the lyrics and choreography embody the life and legacy of Dr. King. Singing songs that express the ideas and life of Dr. King. Reciting one of Dr. King's speeches; or reciting original poetry or a short story written by the student about the life and legacy of Dr. King. (The author may have another student recite their poetry during judging).

Writing

The student's writing should be in support of one of the following prompts centered around this year 's theme: Racial Equality, Social Awareness, Education. 

Art

Artwork should illustrate the life and legacy of Dr. King or relate to the Program's theme . The Contest details and a registration form are on the next page.

Important Dates

  • Student's work and registration form will be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

  • Student's work will be judged on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church. Performers must attend.

  • Contest winners will be notified by Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Contest winners will be recognized on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road, Wake Forest, NC (a light dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the Celebration starts at 7 p.m.).

Civil Rights Freedom Trail Tour

The 2020 Wake Forest MLK Celebration will mark the 25th anniversary of the committee working in Wake Forest to promote community relations, getting to know our neighbors and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King stood for civil rights and equality for all, utilizing non-violent protests.

The Wake Forest MLK Committee and other supporters are organizing a “Civil Rights Tour” to Atlanta, Georgia, and Alabama (Montgomery and Selma), March 2-5, 2020, to a few of the places where Dr. King lived, marched and/or delivered speeches. The tour co-leader will be Rev. Ken Steigler from Wake Forest and local destination tour guides. The tour group will be diverse and include some of the contest participants and the community.

If you are interested in sharing this experience with us, please contact James Grant at 973-580-2470, for cost and other details.  The committee is also accepting sponsorships for students.  Space is limited.

 

Creative Performance

Students should dance or sing with emotion and inspiration. The song lyrics and/or the choreography should embody the life and legacy of Dr. King

Entry Form

The spoken performances should be recited with passion. The performances can be an original speech by Dr. King or the recitation of poetry or a short story written by the student about the life of Dr. King. 

Elementary, Middle and High School students will be judged on:

  • Song choice and choreography

  • Originality of the performance

  • Performer's connection with the audience

  • The routine's relation to the

  • Program's theme or life and ideas of Dr. King

Routines must be longer to emphasize the performer's message but not longer than 3 minutes.

1st and 2nd place monetary awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Elementary (grades K-2)

  • Elementary (grades 3-5)

  • Middle School

  • Hiqh School

Writing

Students may submit essays and original poetry. The work must be based on one of the following writing prompts and centered around the Program's theme: "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."

  • Racial Equality

  • Social Awareness

  • Education

Middle & High School Students

  • Minimum of two double-spaced typed pages Elementary School students Minimum of one double-spaced typed page

 Elementary School Students

  • Minimum of one double-spaced typed page

Please consider the following:

  • Ideas should be well organized with good transition to each idea

  • Essay must relate to the theme

  • Use historical facts to support the paper

  • Use good grammar and punctuation

1st and 2nd place monetary awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Elementary (grades 3-5)

  • Middle School

  • Hiqh School

Entry Form

Art

Artwork should illustrate Dr. King 's life and commitment to equality, freedom, justice and non-violent social change. 

Entries should be hand-rendered (drawn or painted). Any size is acceptable. Feel free to attach a summary of your drawing on a 3x5 index card.

Elementary, Middle and High School students will be judged on:

  • How the artwork relates to the theme or how it illustrates the life and legacy of Dr. King

  • Originality and creativity

1st and 2nd place monetary awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Elementary (grades K-2)

  • Elementary (grades 3-5)

  • Middle School

  • Hiqh School

Entry Form

Contacts

Lori Moss
919-880-7008 

Margo Grant
919-435-7101

Entry Form