Student Essay Winners Honored At Scholarship Luncheon

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MLK Essay Winners, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Christina Phillips (Uniondale High School), first place winner Dominique Allen (Sewanhaka High School), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, second place winner Lajiyah Walker (Hempstead High School), third place winner Joselyn Alvarez-Beza (Hempstead High School) and Youth Education Chairperson Wilma H. Tootle.
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Christina Phillips (Uniondale High School), first place winner Dominique Allen (Sewanhaka High School), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, second place winner Lajiyah Walker (Hempstead High School), third place winner Joselyn Alvarez-Beza (Hempstead High School) and Youth Education Chairperson Wilma H. Tootle.

Each year, awards are presented to student honorees that espouse the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and emulate his work in “building bridges” and generating unity among diverse populations. Since the Birthday Celebration Committee in Nassau County was established, more than $280,000 in privately-sponsored scholarships have been awarded to the bright, talented, deserving youth of the county. 

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an incredible man and leader whose insight helped to create a new understanding of universal peace and humanity in our society,” said Mangano. “On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we commemorate the spirit of freedom, equality and dignity of all races. Together, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and remember the difference we can make in our local communities by exemplifying the qualities of compassion and brotherhood, thereby developing more harmonious relations among all people.”

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos recently honored winners of a youth essay scholarship contest at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 31st Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

Visit www.ncmlk.org to learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc.

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