Alex Cruz, a senior at Lakes High School, was the recent winner of the Lakewood Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary Contest. The annual contest is done in collaboration with the Lakewood MLK Committee, the Lakewood Arts Commission and the three high schools in the Clover Park School District.
Each year’s award is based on a specific literary question. This year’s question was “Besides Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who do you most admire in America’s Civil Rights Movement and Why?”
Cruz’s essay was based on the work of Reverend William J. Barber II, Goldsboro, North Carolina pastor and member of the national board of the NAACP. In his essay Cruz noted that Reverend Barber’s efforts highlighted issues with the Nation’s social and moral health, the “Villainous disease of poverty” and what each person can do to help bring about peaceful change.
Submitted essays were evaluated on the basis of originality, continuity of thought, grammar, punctuation and overall content. Cruz’s essay was judged the winner with honorable mention going to Jireh Radilla, Jaron Glastetter, Isabell Pannell and Nick Selberg.
Following Cruz’s award, Congressman Denny Heck, Washington 10th Congressional District, congratulated Cruz and helped display a poster copy of Cruz’s winning essay. Heck was a special guest at the award ceremony held at Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood.