Martin Luther King Jr.

Howard County honors Martin Luther King with student performances, essay contest, 'Living the Dream' Award

Howard County honors Martin Luther King with student performances, essay contest, 'Living the Dream' Award

As mass shootings outnumbered days at one point last year, Allison Alston and her classmates at Reservoir High School joined the student activists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and others around the country in a student walkout to protest gun violence.

The Howard County junior knew it wouldn’t immediately put an end to the epidemic of killings. Some observers might even roll their eyes at their efforts.

But remaining silent was “not an option,” Alston wrote in her essay, “Walking Out to Walk Forward,” which won the county’s 2018-2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. high school student essay contest on Sunday. Reading an excerpt, she compared the student movement to the...

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