At least 18 among nearly 1,000 students emerged as top winners of an art and essay contest aimed to honor Martin Luther King Jr. during the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition’s virtual King Day celebration on Monday.
The names of the students who submitted artwork and essay pieces that best interpreted this year’s theme: “At a Crossroad—Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?” were announced.
Senator Anthony Portantino, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Chris Holden and Mayor Victor Gordo were among those who shared their reflection on King’s life during the virtual event.
Chu and Portantino, in their respective speeches, emphasized King’s message of hope.
“Today as we struggle with historic divisions, a pandemic and a recession his words remain as important as ever,” said Chu. “When darkness sets in, remembering his words and the historic struggles of the past can help us define the light.”
“Today as we deal with COVID and we deal with continued racial unrest and tensions, Dr. King said we must deal with finite disappointment but never forget about infinite hope. He inspired us to have hope and today we have hope,” said Portantino.
Other notable personalities who attended the virtual event included MLK coalition president Jacqueline Jacobs, its officers Dana Hill and David Jacobs and Tournament of Roses President Amy Wainscott.
Here is the list of winners for the art competition:
3rd place- Aaron Nava, 5th grade student of Don Benito
2nd place- Ayli Lopez, 4th grade student of Longfellow
1st place- Holly Kim- 4th grade student of Don Benito
Middle School Division:
3rd place- Noah Bustamonte, 8th grade student of Blair
2nd place- Cassandra Vidal, 7th grade student of Blair
1st place- Matilda Currie – 7th grade student of Eliot
3rd place- Alliyah Almedo, 10th grade student of Blair
2nd place- Andrew Marquez- 11th grade student of Pasadena High School
1st place- Zoe Sanchez -10th grade student of Pasadena High School
The coalition received over 300 submissions from students of the Pasadena Unified School District and surrounding areas for the art competition, according to Wilhelmina Robertson of the MLK Coalition art committee, which is composed of members of the Pasadena Human Relations Commission judged the entries.
Meanwhile, over 600 submitted their entries for the essay competition. These were reviewed and judged by retired educators and community volunteers.
The following are the winners for the essay competition:
3rd place- Henry Flores, 5th grade student of San Rafael
2nd place- Xavier Hernandez, 5th grade student of San Rafael
1st place- Gordon White, 5th grade student of San Rafael
Middle School Division:
3rd place- Jordan Schneiderman, 7th grade student of Blair
2nd place- Finn Hendrie, 7th grade student of The Gooden School
1st place- Oliver Malone, 7th grade student of The Gooden School
3rd place- Sarah Perez, 12th grade student of Marshall
2nd place- Lucas Bowman, 10th grade student of Marshall
1st place- Kenia Aguilar, 12th grade student of Marshall