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Morton sweeps 2022 MLK Unity essay contest

Morton Middle School students secured the top spots in the 2022 Unity Breakfast essay contest, whose theme was “Together Again with a Purpose.” First place and a $500 prize went to eighth grader Janeva Lakin. The runner-up was seventh grader Max Melton, who received $300; and in third place was eighth grader Amelia Sheehan, who got a $100 award. Check out their essays:

Janeva: "Together We Stand"

Max: "Unity: A Necessity for Life's Challenges"

Amelia: "Unify & Do Better"

Janeva read the winning entry aloud and recorded it for Lexington’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast event, which will again be virtual because of COVID-19 precautions. Superintendent Demetrus Liggins is one of the featured speakers. The program will air on Monday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. on MeTV local channel 18.2 (Ch. 186 on Spectrum) and at 11 a.m. on WLEX-TV (Ch. 8 and 906 on Spectrum). It will also stream on the WLEX website

The Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Education Foundation sponsors the essay contest, which is open to all Fayette County middle schoolers. 

Contact: Kenneth Jones, the fraternity’s director of educational activities

(Posted Jan. 13, 2022)