Chesterfield County students among top winners of essay, art contest honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Students from Chesterfield County Public Schools received top honors for their entries in a regional essay and art contest, “Eradicate Fear, Embrace Perspectives and Energize Legacy,” sponsored by the DuPont Spruance Plant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Manchester Middle student Kayleigh Couch won first place in the essay contest for middle school students. Falling Creek Middle student Kennedy Taylor won second place, and Manchester Middle student Ken Zhang won third place. Additional Chesterfield County Public Schools students received fourth- and fifth-place honors in the contest.

Students from Falling Creek Elementary swept the top three honors in the art contest. Edwin Godinez won first place, Gariela Barahona took second place and Eternity Royall captured third place.

“Communication, design and creative thinking skills are important qualities in a successful 21st century student, as this contest demonstrates,” said Dale District School Board member John Erbach, whose district most of the winning students’ schools reside. “Chesterfield County schools have so many talented students, and we are proud of their work.”

Contest entries were chosen by a panel of judges on orginality, content and quality. The art contest was open to elementary students attending Richmond and Chesterfield schools in the DuPont service area, while the essay contest was open to middle and high school students. The winners were recognized at a celebration on Jan. 19 with financial prizes and other special presentations.