The West Charlotte High auditorium was packed Jan. 12 as the community honored the work of 142 students who represented their schools in the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contest.
This years theme: Defending the Dream. Each student was recognized on stage, with their work displayed behind them.
First-place winners were presented with scholarships from Food Lion: $500 for high school category winners, $250 for middle school winners, $150 for grades 3-5 and $100 for K-2. First-place art winners now have their work displayed at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. The writing winners had the opportunity to read their work at the center Jan. 16.
First-place art winners were: Serenity Snead, first grade, Clear Creek Elementary; Gabrielle Ciceron, fourth grade, J.W. Grier Elementary; Jewel Ham, eighth grade, Piedmont IB Middle; and Bradley Schwarz, 12th grade, Myers Park High.
First-place writing winners were: Sahana Raghaven, kindergarten, Landsdowne Elementary; Helena Dreyer, fifth grade, Dilworth Elementary; Briana Bernstein, eighth grade, South Charlotte Middle; and Erin Mullins, 12th grade, Independence High.