College Place Middle students win Martin Luther King essay contest

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College Place seventh grade students Ariella Mendevil, Charlize Weiss and Martisa Sanchez-Ortega (left to right) were award winners in the city of Everett’s annual Martin Luther King writing contest.

Three College Place Middle School students were among the winners of the city of Everett’s annual writing contest to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King.

The essay topic this year was, “What are your dreams for this nation and how would you suggest that our nation achieve them?” This contest was open to all students who live in Snohomish County, and three of the winners this year were seventh graders from College Place Middle.

In the middle school age category, first place went to Ariella Mendevil, second place was awarded to Maritsa Sanchez-Ortega, and Charlize Weiss tied for third place with a student from an Everett middle school.

The winners, along with their families and their teacher, Carolyn Gross, attended the Prodigies for Peace Community Celebration in Everett on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Jan. 15. All of the essay contest winners were awarded plaques and read their essays at the community celebration which was attended by more than 100 people, including Snohomish County and Everett city officials.

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