Students received specially engraved plaques and Panera gift cards ranging from $50 to $100 and the top three winners received $500, $250 and $125 cash prizes respectively.
Sam Covelli, president of Covelli Enterprises, said he has been incredibly inspired by the students’ writing and the fact that they, too, recognize the brilliance and power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas.
“It is so meaningful to me that these students today, who were not alive when Dr. King was trying to unite our country are continuing to honor his work and his legacy,” Covelli said. “It’s something that we must do all year long, not just on Martin Luther King Day and not just with essay contents.”
Deja Green – Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School
Erion Morton – Pittsburgh Allderdice High School
Davion Traylor – Pittsburgh Obama High School
Jade Carter – Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School