Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Poster Contest

MNEA Human Rights Committee sponsors 2022 contest

The Missouri NEA Human Rights Committee is sponsoring the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Poster Contest for K-12 public school students. "Fulfilling Dr. King's Dream: Reading to Lead and Transform" is the theme for the 2022 contest.

Winners are determined in five grade-level categories: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12. A certificate and gift card is awarded to each first-place ($50), second-place ($30), and third-place ($20) winner in the five categories. Teachers of winning students will receive a $25 gift card. 

An MNEA affiliated local association must host the initial contest and submit first-, second-, and third-place winning posters (sized 11x17) in any or all of the five grade-level categories (up to 15 entries per local association). Entries achieving finalist status should then be mailed or hand-delivered to Missouri NEA Headquarters, Attn: Roxane Bly, 1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

All final entries must be received by MNEA no later than Jan. 15, 2022. Late entries will not be judged.

Contest winners will be announced at the Spring RA on April 23. Winners will receive certificates and gift cards soon thereafter. 

Questions? Contact Lisa Blaha, MNEA UniServ Director at lisa.blaha@mnea.org or (636) 614-7501, Roxane Bly at roxane.bly@mnea.org or (573) 644-9606.

Download 2022 Contest Materials 

 

2022 Winners

Grades K-1

1st place
Claire Marquand
Pattonville School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

 

2nd place
Aisiri Anilkumar
Parkway School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

3rd place
Alice Fletcher Fierro
MLK contest poster winner 2022

Grades 2-3

1st place
Pearl Krieger
Pattonville School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

2nd place
Andrew Meyer-Tuter
Pattonville School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

 3rd place 
James Culver
North Kansas City School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

Grades 4-5

1st place
Kunjal Srivastava
Columbia School District
MLK contest poster winner 2022

2nd place
Aliyah Brown
Pattonville School District
MLK contest poster winner 2022

3rd place
Avelyn Francis
North Kansas City School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

Grades 6-8

1st place
Lakshita Raja
Pattonville School District
MLK contest poster winner 2022

2nd place (tie)
Isabella Breithaupt
Grandview School District
MLK contest poster winner 2022

2nd place (tie)
Mackenzie Van Doren 
Pattonville School District

MLK contest poster winner 2022

Grades 9-12

1st place
Charley Bennight
Pattonville School District
MLK contest poster winner 2022

2nd place
Not awarded in 2022

3rd place 
Not awarded in 2022