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Monday, December 18, 2017

MLK Jr. Day student contest

The Stillwater Public Library is working with Stillwater Community United , OSU Division of Institutional Diversity and City of Stillwater on Climbing Back to the Mountain Top,” a two day celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. taking place Jan. 14-15. The event includes a film screening, march and a community celebration. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration also includes a poster and essay contest for students. Sally Houck, a member of Stillwater Community United, says that the purpose of the posters and essays is to reflect on Dr. King’s vision for our community, country, and world, and to encourage future study and involvement in peacemaking.

For inspiration, entrants are encouraged to watch Dr. King’s 1968 speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” which is available at

The poster contest is open to Stillwater students in grades K-5, and entries should reflect the theme, “. . . with liberty and justice for all.” Winners will be named in categories grades K-1, grades 2-3 and grades 4-5. Posters can be made using pencils, crayons, paints or markers and must be no larger than 12”x18”. A 2-8 sentence explanation should accompany the poster.

Students in 6-12 grades are invited to enter the essay contest which should discuss the declaration, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Essays by students in 6-8 grades should be 300-500 words, while essays by students in the 9-12 grade category should be 500-750 words.

Posters and essays are due at the Stillwater Public Library by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Essays may be emailed to

Winners will be notified before MLK Day and will be presented with awards, including gift cards and prizes, on Monday, Jan. 15, during the MLK Day community celebration. All submitted posters will be on display during the celebration, and some winning essayists may be asked to present a portion of their essay during the celebration. Winning essays may be published in the Stillwater NewsPress.

Additional guidelines for the contest can be viewed online at For questions, please email or call the library Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 X8106.

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