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APS Celebrates the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest Winners

Arlington Public Schools is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest. This year we received over 500 entries from our schools and programs.

Twenty-four entries were chosen in this year’s contest. The winners will be recognized during the Thu, Jan. 25 School Board Meeting. This annual contest is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Dr. King and showcasing the talent and creativity of our students in expressing their thoughts on Dr. King’s leadership traits.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, celebrated for his intelligence and unwavering determination. This year, students were asked to reflect on Dr. King’s leadership traits and express which one impacted them the most, through writing or art, highlighting its influence on community or society.

The following students have been recognized as the winners this year:

Visual Arts Winners:
Grades K – 2
First Place: Alexandra Yoakam, Cardinal Elementary School, 2nd Grade
Second Place: James McGraw, KW Barrett Elementary School, Kindergarten
Third Place: Leila Vasileva, Glebe Elementary School, 2nd Grade

Grades 3 – 5
First Place: David Vallejos-Claros, Campbell Elementary School, 5th Grade
Second Place: Avonelle Kimbrough, Discovery Elementary School, 4th Grade
Third Place: Nicholas Ignat, Jamestown Elementary School, 4th Grade

Grades 6 – 8
First Place: August Court, Kenmore Middle School, 8th Grade
Second Place: Alice Doern, Williamsburg Middle School, 7th Grade
Third Place: Malia Luckett, Dorothy Hamm Middle School, 7th Grade

Grades 9 – 12
First Place: Allen Ballard, Wakefield High School, 12th Grade
Second Place: Sandra Escobar, Washington-Liberty High School, 12th Grade
Third Place: Jazlynn Portillo, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program, 9th Grade

Literary Arts Winners:
Grades K – 2
First Place: Ramona Masterson, Glebe Elementary School, 2nd Grade
Second Place: Vihaan Raut, Escuela Key Elementary School, 1st Grade
Third Place: Gabriel Gedde, Glebe Elementary School, 2nd Grade

Grades 3 – 5
First Place: Vanya Garg, Campbell Elementary School, 4th Grade
Second Place: Oliver Gabriel Ramirez Gewurz, Escuela Key Elementary School, 5th Grade
Third Place: Jeremy Wittenberger, Ashlawn Elementary School, 3rd Grade

Grades 6 – 8
First Place: Nathan Goldstein, Gunston Middle School (Spanish Immersion), 8th Grade
Second Place: Julietta Gil, Gunston Middle School (Spanish Immersion),  8th Grade
Third Place: Zachary Barlow, Kenmore Middle School, 6th Grade

Grades 9 – 12
First Place: Tehreem Khan, Yorktown High School, 11th Grade
Second Place: Bolor Amarbayar, Washington-Liberty High School, 10th Grade
Third Place: Douglas Joiner, Washington-Liberty High School, 11th Grade

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