ASU logo Martin Luther King, Jr.
2006 Celebration
Arizona K-12 2006 Student Contest Winners
24 Arizona schoolchildren win statewide MLK poster-essay contest at ASU

Twenty-four schoolchildren from around the state have won awards in ASUís annual Martin Luther King Jr. poster-essay contest. They will receive savings bonds and prize ribbons from President Michael Crow at a celebration breakfast Jan. 31 on the Tempe campus. Jack Pfister, former head of the Salt River Project, also will be awarded the university's 2006 Servant Leadership Award.

All the winning posters will be displayed at the event, and four children will read their first-place essays to the group. Also invited to the awards ceremony are their parents and teachers. More than 1,500 children entered the contest, each describing someone they know who leads through service to others.

The posters are on display through January in the Tempe campus Memorial Union and the Polytechnic campus student union. They also have been printed as bookmarks. Winning posters may be viewed on the Web at

The contest categories are primary, grades K-2; intermediate, grades 3-5; middle, grades 6-8; and secondary, grades 9-12. Following is a list of winners.

Scottsdale - Scottsdale students swept two categories. In the middle school poster category, Rahul Kini, Mountainside Middle School eighth grader, won first place; Blaire Buckley, Mountainside seventh grader, won second place; and Jenny Meyer, Mountainside eighth grader, won third place. Rahul Kini also won third place for essay. In secondary essays, Jessica Cyrell, Chaparral High School 10th grader, won first place; Liat Spiro, Chaparral 10th grader, won second place; and Rachel Frost, also a Chaparral 10th grader, won third place. Elaine Boustila, fifth grader at Yavapai Elementary, won second place in intermediate essay.

Mesa - In the primary essay category, Paulie Jo Gonzales, Frost Elementary second grader, won first place; Andrew Pardue, Frost Elementary second grader, won second place, and Tong Tong Marsh, second grader at Franklin Northeast, won third. Mackenzie Magee, Franklin East fourth grader, won first place essay and Ashtyn Coyle, Franklin Northeast fourth grader, won third place essay, both in the intermediate category. Helen Merino, ninth grader at Kino Jr. High, won first place for middle school essay. Alexis Rodriguez, second grader at Frost Elementary, won second place in the primary poster category. Darshazze Johnson, senior at East Valley Academy High School, won third place in the secondary poster category.

Phoenix - Connor Rafferty, third grader at Pena Elementary, won second place in intermediate poster, and Jessica Cervantes, seventh grader at Tertulia Pre-College Community School, won second place for middle school essay.

Glendale - Frank Rafeal, Sunnyslope School fifth grader, won first place for his poster in the intermediate category.

Payson - Three students from Shelby School won awards for their posters. Melody Morris won first place and Jordan Plues won second in the secondary category. Both are ninth graders. Merlyn York, second grader, won third in the primary poster category.

Flagstaff - Jenna Heath, a kindergarten student at Puente de Hozho, won first place for her poster in the primary category.

Vernon - Sarah Manry, fifth grader at Vernon Elementary, won third place in the intermediate poster category.

Read the winning Essays:
Primary Grade Winners - MS-Word or Adobe PDF
Intermediate Grade Winners - MS-Word or Adobe PDF
Middle School Winners - MS-Word or Adobe PDF
Secondary Grade Winners - MS-Word or Adobe PDF

See the Poster/Bookmark Winners:


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