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Chesterfield County students receive top honors for regional MLK art and essay contest

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Six Chesterfield County Public Schools students received top honors for their entries in a regional essay and art contest, “Working Together We’ll Sow the Seeds of Peace,” sponsored by the DuPont Spruance Plant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Falling Creek Middle students swept the essay category for middle schoolers. Jamaal Goodson received top honor in the essay contest for middle school students. Falling Creek Middle students Chasity Elise Ford and Andre Yarbrough were awarded second and third place, respectively.

Chesterfield County Public Schools students also swept the top three honors in the art contest. Marguerite Christian Elementary student Matthew James Elwell won first place, Davis Elementary student Timesha Newton took second place and Marguerite Christian Elementary student Ellie Bishop captured third place.

“We are so proud of our student winners recognized in this writing and art contest,” School Board Chair John Erbach said. “As a school division, we are constantly amazed by the talent and creativity of our students. Their abilities to express themselves through storytelling and art is impressive and demonstrates the passion that they have for engaging others in what they have learned.”

Contest entries were chosen by a panel of judges on originality, 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. 18 with financial prizes and other special recognitions.