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Martin Luther King’s Day Writing Contest for Youth

By Rachel Perley in Student News

The Youth Opportunities Advisory Board, a panel of high school students who represent youth in the City of Boulder, is putting on a  youth writing contest for students in middle and high school. Each student must submit a written work under 500 words based on a given prompt. The competition is open to middle and high school students. There are four different categories based on age and English fluency. The winners of each category will receive a $50 gift card, and an opportunity to read their work at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally on Pearl Street. Students are to write a response to one of the given prompts. The prompts are as follows:

  1. Write a letter to the editor of the Daily Camera and identify an issue in Boulder. Why is this issue significant and what could the community do to fix it?
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.once said, "The time has come for an all out war against poverty." What is your reaction to the fact that poverty exists in the US, and what can youth do to help fight poverty?
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.once said, "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." Which qualities do you think are important in a leader and what do you do to be a good leader in your community?

According to the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board, the event was, “designed for youth by youth, celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” For more information, visit

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