Each year on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for our nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. He fought for the freedom, dignity, and equality of all races and people.

The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) holds a state-wide MLK essay contest each year. There is a Junior, middle school, and Senior, high school division and there is a limit of five essays per school accepted, with the schools completing the initial screening and elimination process. 

Each year students respond to a prompt or quote from Dr. King. This year’s quote was “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Ball State University faculty evaluate the essays. 

This year, first place was taken by Plymouth High School senior Jessica Haro.

PHS Dual Credit English Teacher, Becca Ippel said, “We had five students enter the contest, and each of their essays was outstanding. I’m so very proud!”

IASP provides scholarship awards to recognize the 2024 winners in both the Junior and Senior divisions. Jessica Haro from Plymouth High School was awarded the top scholarship of $500.