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Baltimore, Maryland - January 19, 2013 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter (UEO) chapter held its Tenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Creative Expressions Contest at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School on Friday, January 18, 2013. The chapter celebrated the participation of 145 students who submitted essays, poems, and artistic drawings of their ideas and meaning of Dr. King's famous Rockefeller Speech quotation "If you can't fly then run, if can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, whatever you do keep moving forward." The winning poems and essays recalled the achievements of historical black leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman, and Malcolm X - who were dedicated to fight slavery, lead boycotts against segregation, and against tremendous odds kept "moving forward". The creative expressions particularly conveyed Dr. King's message of moving forward with the re-election of President Barack Obama, as the first African American President of the United States. The President's 2012 Campaign Theme was "FORWARD". The winning artistic expression was a mosaic likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivering his Rockefeller speech with his famous quotation. The UEO chapter presented cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 to the top three winning creative expressions. Additional financial support from the parents of Sudbrook Middle School, granted 7 additional student winners a $25 cash award as runner-ups. The winning students were 1st place, Naomi Bryant-seventh grade, 2nd Place, Eden McFarland-sixth grade, and 3rd place, Lisa Kerr-seventh grade. The runner-up winners were Lyric Bailey-sixth grade, Glory Fagbuyi-sixth grade, Anna Genda-sixth grade, Saleema Ibrahim-sixth grade, Torian Kent-seventh grade, Melissa Marini-seventh grade and MacKenzie Myers-sixth grade. Janice Washington, a member of UEO and teacher at Sudbrook Middle School, has been the event coordinator at the school for the last five years. The UEO graduate chapter in Baltimore County, chartered in 1994, is committed to serving the Baltimore County area through the execution of Alpha Kappa Alpha's international program, Global Leadership through Timeless Service. Leslie Lyles Smith President-Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter http://www.akabaltimorecounty.org ###

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