Youth Celebrate the Contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2013
By: Worcester State University News

Designed by youth for youth, the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast, reinforced the principles and philosophy of Dr. King, and encouraged youth to take a peaceful stand against violence through poetry, song and dance. About 500 guests attended.

More than 20 local school students in grades 7-12 were recognized for their winning poetry submissions during the three-hour ceremony at Worcester State University’s May Street Building.

Caleb Encarnacion-Rivera, a student at University Park Community School, received the Community Service Award. Jesse Leidel, an advisor at Dynamy Youth Academy, received the Youth Service Award. WSU students James Hickson, a criminal justice major, and Daniel Gyamfi, a psychology major, received Worcester State President’s Scholarships.

The program featured performances by the Doherty High School Choir, Seven Hills Charter Show Choir, IN DA ZONE dance group, Ritmos Academy, W.A.I.T., the Seven Hills Charter Stomp Team, and soloist Vanessa Ford.

Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Melinda Boone, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, City Councilor Sarai Rivera, MLK Youth Breakfast Poetry Chair Dorothy Hargrove, and WSU Provost Dr. Charles Cullum were among the presenters.

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