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Third-graders take 1st, 2nd place in King contest

Two West County third-graders have been awarded first and second place in a countywide essay contest on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Natasha Wright, a student at West Meade Elementary School at Fort Meade, won first place with her answer to the question: "What would Dr. King say if he visited your class?"

"I think Martin Luther King Jr. would say . . . I know everyone in here works together and you all have a dream maybe to be a doctor, teacher or even a minister," Natasha's essay reads.

"I hope everyone in here continues to work together and respect one another no matter what color their skin is. Work together to help keep our Earth clean and to make this world a better place for you and me."

The first runner-up was Tiphanie Goff, who attends the Severn Elementary School. Jamie Wallace from Parole Elementary School in Annapolis came in third.

The essay contest was sponsored by the Northeast Center Committee of the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Natasha read her winning essay last month at an awards ceremony at the Severna Park library.

Meade Village man stable after shooting

A 19-year-old Meade Village man was in stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was shot in the mouth Friday night.

According to the police report, Gary Maurice Bruce, of the 8100 block of Meade Village Road, was in the 1700 block of Circle Road when someone fired a shot into the crowd where he was standing.

Police made no arrests and do not know the motive for the shooting.


* Odenton: Thieves took the rims and tires from a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the 500 block of Maple Ridge Road Sunday. The property was valued at $400.

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