Prodigies for Peace contest winners honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contest participants express their hopes and dreams through writing and art

Rev. Dr. Martin King, Jr. wrote, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

 What is your message to your peers that would empower them to overcome the messages today of violence and hatred to create a world where all lives matter?

Students reflected upon this question this February for the 16th annual Prodigies for Peace competition sponsored by the Snohomish County Branch of NAACP. Students wrote essays or created art that answered this year’s question. For artists, the prompt was to create an art piece (using any medium) that reflects his or her “artistic vision of Dr. King’s dream coming true in our country through your eyes.”

Twenty-six students received awards in Everett Public Schools.


Grades 3-5

1st Place         Ilana O’Neal                                        View Ridge Elementary – Mr. Hashimoto

1st Place         Jaidyn Wilson                                      Monroe Elementary – Mrs. Brunswick-Nelson

1st Place         Owen Rivera                                       Emerson Elementary – Mr. Mayer

2nd Place        Noa Grace Calderwood                      Whittier Elementary – Ms. Shearer

3rd Place         Avanni-Shri Napier                             Whittier Elementary – Mrs. Reyes

3rd Place         Valerie Gutierrez                                 View Ridge Elementary – Mr. Hashimoto

Grades 6-8:

3rd Place         Breanne Nixon                                    Evergreen Middle – Ms. Vafaeezadeh


Grades 3-5

1st Place         Emily Konch                                        Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

1st Place         Lillianne Hansen                                 View Ridge Elementary – Mr. Hashimoto

2nd Place        Gracelyn Deuter                                 Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

2nd Place        Tessa Hahn                                        Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

3rd Place         Valeria Guerrero                                 Mill Creek Elementary – Ms. Tidwell

3rd Place         Luke Hammond                                  Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

 Honorable Mentions:

Mayah Arnold                                                              Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

Mia Valencia                                                               Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

Tammy Jordan                                                           View Ridge Elementary – Mr. Hashimoto

Sophia Smith                                                              Monroe Elementary – Dr. Sasnett

Cobin Chadwick                                                         Whittier Elementary – Mrs. Reyes

Mackenzie Carlson                                                     View Ridge Elementary – Mr. Hashimoto

Roman Kanava                                                           Mill Creek Elementary – Ms. Johnson

 Grades 6-8:

1st Place         Ashley (Lin Ting) Liang                       Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

2nd Place        Taylor Byrd                                         Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

3rd Place         Six Brazelton                                       Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

 Honorable Mentions:

Laura Anderegg                                                          Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

Srivishnu Chandramouli                                             Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

Siobhan Williams                                                        Heatherwood Middle – Ms. Coffman

Award winners were recognized Feb. 22, during a Snohomish County Branch of NAACP event in Everett and at the March 7 school board meeting.

The Prodigies for Peace writing and art contest helps students draw connections between people and events that shaped the civil rights movement and the social issues that continue to influence their lives today

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