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MLK Students Take First Place in Community Leadership Contest

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MLK Leadership Academy students recently received a number of awards from Circle Theatre's Community Leadership Contest.
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A number of MLK students received awards fromt the Circle Theatre Community Leadership Contest.

A number of MLK students received awards fromt the Circle Theatre Community Leadership Contest. /Circle Theatre

The Community Circle Theatre, with support from Peter M. Wege & The Wege Foundation, recently announced the winners of the Community Leadership Contest.

Two Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy students were awarded top prize in the contest. Shalynn Ewing and Christopher James will each receive a number of prizes for their first place submissions including four tickets to the Magic Circle production of Robin Hood & the Heroes of Sherwood Forest, four tickets to the family musical HONK!, family passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, John Ball Park Zoo, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, as well as a $500 college savings bond.

In addition, three other MLK students were named as Honorable Mentions for the contest: Vanessa Valdivia, Aralauna McKinney, and Raiquan Chapman were all given the honor.

All MLK students who submitted entries were awarded ticket vouchers for Circle Theatre’s family musical HONK! (a musical version of The Ugly Duckling) being performed in July. (For dates and show times, check out the Circle Theatre website.)

The goal of the contest, in conjunction with the 2011 Magic Circle Production Robin Hood & the Heroes of Sherwood Forest, was to raise awareness about how young people can better their community through civic service and leadership. Circle Theatre’s aim was to discover how each and every young person can contribute to their communities and become a leader in their own way.

“The Robin Hood Community Leadership Contest winners are true representations of what we, as a community, should aspire to be. They are thoughtful, bright, compassionate, and insightful young people,” said Lynne Brown-Tepper, Managing Director of the Community Circle Theatre.

“If this contest and production have made even the smallest difference in these children's lives, then we are fulfilling our mission.”

Located on the campus of Aquinas College, The Circle Theatre strives to enrich, entertain and educate the surrounding community through exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting.

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Anywhere we can read the entries?  This is a great idea!