Three WDMCS Students Honored at Martin Luther King Celebration

Grant DeWaay won the third-fourth grade category.

Three students from the West Des Moines Community Schools were honored at the Martin Luther King Celebration at the Iowa Historical Building for the essays they submitted to the state-wide MLK Essay Contest. Brittany Burklund from Stilwell and Grant DeWaay from Jordan Creek each placed first in their grade category, while Hailey Stark placed second in her grade category.

Each of the honorees received an awards certificate and got their photo taken with Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and the keynote speaker of the program, Dr. William G. Anderson.

In conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, students were asked if they had no money worries and could volunteer all the time, what would they do and why would it help the community. The program was sponsored by the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans.

Brittany Burklund won the seventh-eighth grade category.

Burklund, an eighth grader at Stilwell, won the seventh through eighth grade category with her essay on how she would work with the Animal Rescue League, help kids with terminal illnesses and go on mission trips.

DeWaay, a fourth grader at Jordan Creek, wrote about his work with Circle of Friends at his school and how he volunteers for Meals from the Heartland and is a Boy Scout to win the third through fourth grade category.

Hailey Stark placed second in the fifth-sixth grade category.

Stark, a sixth grader at Crossroads Park, wrote about how she would volunteer for Meals from the Heartland to help feed the hungry.

Congratulations on a job well done!