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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest

An Opportunity for Youth to be Heard

YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred are pleased to announce the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest! The contest will provide an opportunity for high school students to publicly reflect and communicate effectively on the life and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. within the context of their lives and the communities in which they live.

Presentations are to relate to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, legacy and message for social change. The following are suggested topics provided for consideration without limitation:

• Civil/Human Rights • Political Rights
• Discrimination • Prejudice
• Tolerance and Respect • Social Change
• Injustice/Justice • History

Semi-Finals (Selection of Finalists) – Saturday, January 9, 2016
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE
10 AM morning session & 1 PM afternoon session

Finals (Selection of Prize Winners) – Monday, January 18, 2016
The Baby Grand Theater
818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE
9 AM - Noon
The contest is open to high school students in New Castle County. Participants must be endorsed by an adult from their school or organization.

Interested students must complete online registration by Friday, December 18th.

Registration will be limited to the first 75 endorsed registrants.
In addition to potential cash prize winnings, contest participation will enhance social awareness, academic potential, build confidence, self-esteem and cultivate leadership skills to serve participants academically and professionally in their future pursuits.

Finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred. Criteria for judging presentations include: quality of presentation, participant’s delivery qualities and the level of preparation. Accuracy of facts, effective communication of ideas, use of voice, creativity and originality all are important. The decision of the judges is final.

Rules & Regulations:
• Message must be original.
• The content of the message must relate to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his story, work, and beliefs.
• Presentations must be memorized; cue cards, no larger than 4x6” are permitted, but not read.
• Presentations are to be approximately 5 minutes long, 30 second grace period will be allowed.
• Presentations shorter than 4.5 minutes or longer than 5.5 minutes will be disqualified.
• Participants are not permitted to leave the stage during their presentations.
• Audio, costumes and props are NOT permitted.
• The decisions of the judges are final.

Contact Information:
Shannon Griffin
YWCA Delaware
(302) 655-0039 ext. 230
Jane Rubini
Christ Church Christiana Hundred
(302) 655-3379