Elon honors three middle school students in MLK essay contest

Annette Varghese and Cincere Childress in Guilford County, and Emmanuel Lopez in Alamance County, were honored Jan. 23 for their entries in the university's 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Essay Contest.

Three local adolescents and their families celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January at a banquet honoring the young students for their entries in Elon University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Essay Contest.

The 2015 winners were:

Annette Varghese (8th grade)
Brown Summit Middle School in Browns Summit, N.C.
Cincere Childress (7th grade)

Northeast Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, N.C.

Emmanuel Lopez (6th grade)
Blessed Sacrament School in Burlington, N.C.

The theme of the 2015 contest was “Awakening the Dreamer: A Call to Action!” All three recipients were recognized Jan. 23, 2015, in a campus luncheon attended by university leaders. The contest is open to all middle school students currently enrolled in private, public and charter schools.

Each received a prize of $100, Elon Phoenix paraphernalia, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary tickets to an Elon home basketball game.