Martin Luther King, Jr. Contests

The MLK Contests are partially funded by our sponsor:  

 

TEACHERS, REGISTER YOUR STUDENTS HERE

(Deadline for registration and submissions is December 12th.)

 

Students have authentic opportunities to further their education in culture, history/social science, and related core subjects by delivering speeches, writing essays, and/or creating works of art. The events culminate with an art reception and program to honor the students and their work. HMC Architects joins the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee and Fresno County Office of Education in sponsoring the events, which will be held at the Clovis Veteran's Memorial Building this year.

Important Dates 

  1. DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR ALL CONTESTS IS DECEMBER 12, 2013
  2. ARTWORK IS DUE AT THE FRESNO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION BY 4:30PM ON DECEMBER 12, 2013
  3. ESSAYS MUST BE UPLOADED BY 4:30PM ON DECEMBER 12, 2013

 

MLK Art Contest

All school districts are encouraged to have their students, grades K-12, participate in the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by using a visual medium to express Dr. King's ideas. The integration of art and history not only helps students apply and retain their knowledge of history, but also offers students with different learning styles an opportunity to succeed. Each school site may submit a maximum of 8 pieces of student work. Each participant will receive a certificate. Those judged Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention, will receive ribbons.  Art work will be exhibited at the Clovis Veteran's Memorial Building from January 15th - February 13, 2014.  The art reception will be held at the Clovis Veteran's Memorial Building on February 11, 2014.

MLK Art Contest Flyer 

MLK Art Scoring Rubric

MLK Speech Contest

Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to write and deliver an original speech, addressing the theme of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contests. Each school site can submit 3 finalists per category for the FCOE contest. Speeches will be presented at Fresno County Office of Education in Rm 101T on January 27, 2014, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, in front of a panel of judges who will select the winning speech from each grade category (4-6; 7-8; 9-12). The winning speeches will be prerecorded for the Reception and Open House on February 11, 2014.

MLK Speech Contest Flyer

MLK Speech Scoring Rubric

MLK Essay Contest

All Fresno County students in grades 4-12 are eligible and encouraged to compete. Each school site can submit 3 finalists per category for final judging. A writing prompt will be made available and essays will be scored on a rubric, with consideration given to content and connection to theme. Length of essays must be 100-300 words for grades 4-6, 300-500 words for grades 7-8, and 500-1000 words for grades 9-12. All essays and student information must be uploaded online. The winning essayist in each category will receive a gift card, and the essay may be displayed at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Reception and Open House on February 11, 2014.

MLK Essay Contest Flyer

MLK Essay Scoring Rubric

 

MLK Family Art Project Contest - (New this year only)

To commemorate the 30th anniversary celebration of Fresno County's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Speech, and Essay contests, FCOE is offering a chance for students in grades 4-12 and their families to enter a piece of art and up to a 250-word explanation of the art for special recognition.  Students should let their teacher know that their family is participating.  The teacher will then register the student's family for the competition.  Artwork will be displayed at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Reception and Open House on February 11, 2014.

MLK Family Art Project Contest Flyer

MLK Art Scoring Rubric