Racial-equality essay winners honored in Port Angeles
Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Winners of the 2013 Race Equality Essay Contest in the Port Angeles School District gather with their certificates in Port Angeles City Hall on Tuesday. The winners include, front row from left, Bryton Amsdill, Elena Gonzalez, Tyler Diltz, Broden Beckstrom, Zane Glassock, Owen Oakes, Tayven Walker and Teddy Chaney; second row from left, Jason Kibe Jr., Ezra Townsend, Arielle Barros, Caleb Corey, Hannah Basden, Lily Lauzon and Hannah Reetz; and third row from left, Lauren Lunt, Nikaila Price, Kyler Tourbin, Stuart Koehler, Noah McGoff, Akira Connary, Korin Urtezuela, Anna Gentry and Charlotte Hertel.
Peninsula Daily News
Print This | Email This
State to lower speed along U.S. 101 work stretch in wake of fatal crash -- 5/25/13 -08:35 PM
Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts has full lineup today ( *Photo Gallery * ) -- 5/25/13 -08:17 PM
Solemn events to commemorate Memorial Day across Peninsula -- 5/25/13 -08:16 PM
A bridge near you could tumble: 9 steel spans like the I-5 one ring North Olympic Peninsula -- 5/25/13 -05:15 PM
Five memorable state bridge collapses include two from Peninsula -- 5/25/13 -05:32 PM
Essay excerptsHERE ARE EXCERPTS from first-place essays in the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Race Equality Essay Contest.
■ Lauren Lunt, eighth grade, on a need for school sports funding:
“Problems if we don't start funding range from kids making terrible choices like doing drugs, dropping out of school and drinking to student athletes having to go home when they don't feel safe or going somewhere they don't want to be. School sports keep kids on the right track all through life.”
■ Charlotte Hertel, sixth grade, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“Sometimes people use my feelings to try and change who I am and what I feel. But I am me, I am special and that doesn't need to change. . . . We need to honor each other's differences. It doesn't matter what's on the outside, but what is on the inside. That is what I believe.”
■ Korin Urtezuela, fifth grade, on ways to end hunger:
“I will work hard to ask restaurants and places that make food to not throw their extra food away, but to offer it to people who need it and can't get it often or at all. . . . have a place for just a soup kitchen . . . donate and help more to the food bank.”
■ Jason Kibe Jr., fourth grade, on an imagined meeting with King:
“I got lost and found Martin and I got to give my own speech. 'I think all black people should be treated just the same as white people. Just take me for example. I'm white and my best friend is black.'
“I told him he is a good man. He said one day with my heart I will do something good. I said thank you.”
■ Hannah Basden, third grade, on setting a good example:
“I can share and show my little brother that sharing is the right thing to do. At school, I can follow my teacher's directions and hopefully get others to do that.”
■ Zane Glassock, second grade, on making school more peaceful:
“I think we should be more kind to each other. One day I was outside at recess and someone called someone 'stupid, ugly, weirdo' when all they did was say 'hi.'
“Second, more people should not be bullying others. When I was at school someone came up and punched me for no good reason . . . Hope you have internal peace Dr. King.”
■ Ezra Townsend, first grade, on making school more fair:
“Hamilton School is a fair place to be because we help people remember rules. We share so then there will not be any arguing. No bullying because it's mean and hurts.”
■ Elena Gonzalez, kindergarten, on what she would say to King:
“Thank you for changing the rules because my dad could not go to the movie theater with me because he has brown skin.”
Winners were honored by the Port Angeles City Council and Superintendent Jane Pryne on Tuesday.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of racial equality was the focal point for the contest.
Students were given various prompts, which ranged in difficulty level according to grade level.
Kindergartners were asked to draw a picture of themselves with King and write what they would say to him.
First-graders were told to talk about how they could make their schools more fair, while second-graders were to focus on making their schools more peaceful and third-graders on how to inspire others to do what is right.
Fourth-grade students wrote about going back in time to meet King.
Fifth-graders looked at ways people could do something to change the world so it would be a better place.
Sixth-grade students chose one quote from King and told why it was important to them.
Seventh- and eighth-graders were told to emulate King by writing a persuasive essay about a school or community problem and what people should do to solve it.
Judges were Fred Ambriz, Sandra Biasell, Tracey Hosselkus, Cindy Kelly, Lt. Keidi Niemann, Melissa Robbins, Danielle Schimschal, Brittany Thompson and Margaret Velez.
No winners were chosen in the seventh grade.
This year's winners, their schools and teachers:
■ First place — Lauren Lunt, Stevens Middle School, teacher Darren Mills.
■ Second place — Nikaila Price, Stevens Middle, teacher Laurie Day.
■ Third place — Noah McGoff, Stevens Middle, teacher Day.
■ First place — Charlotte Hertel, Franklin Elementary School, teachers Maria Keys and Heather Chapman.
■ Second place — Stuart Koehler, Jefferson Elementary School, teacher Leah Bauman.
■ Third place — Kyler Tourbin, Roosevelt Elementary School with teacher Bill Prorok, and Akira Connary, Jefferson Elementary with Bauman as teacher.
■ First place — Korin Urtezuela, Hamilton Elementary School, teacher George Kheriaty.
■ Second place — Anna Gentry, Franklin Elementary, teacher Claire Rausch.
■ Third place — Arielle Barros, Dry Creek Elementary School, teacher Patricia Schromen.
■ First place — Jason Kibe Jr., Jefferson Elementary, teacher Jeanne Wolfley.
■ Second place — Hannah Reetz, Roosevelt Elementary, teacher Mary O'Kief.
■ Third place — Caleb Corey, Jefferson Elementary, teacher Sue-Ellen Kraft.
■ First place — Hannah Basden, Roosevelt Elementary, teacher Craig Chambers.
■ Second place — Tyler Diltz, Roosevelt Elementary, teacher Paula Epstein.
■ Third place — Lily Lauzon, Hamilton Elementary, teacher Jan Collins.
■ First place — Zane Glassock, Franklin Elementary, teacher Stephanie Gochnour.
■ Second place — Broden Beckstrom, Roosevelt Elementary, teacher Sharon Fritschler.
■ Third place — Bryton Amsdill, Hamilton Elementary, teacher Kathleen Schmidt.
■ First place — Ezra Townsend, Hamilton Elementary, teacher Michelle Weber.
■ Second place — Owen Oakes, Franklin Elementary, teacher Suzanne Keegan.
■ Third place — Teddy Chaney, Franklin, teacher Debbie Halsey.
■ First place — Elena Gonzalez, Hamilton Elementary, teacher Jennifer Mills.
■ Second place — Tayven Walker, Franklin Elementary, teacher Jessica Baccus.
■ Third place — Kaycee Campbell, Franklin Elementary, teacher Pam Beard.
Last modified: March 09. 2013 5:06PM