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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

MLK Commission Announces 2022 Essay Contest Winners

Trenton, NJ - After reviewing submissions for 267 New Jersey high school seniors, the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission announces the 10 winners of ‘The Fierce Urgency of Now’ 2022 Scholarship Essay Contest:

MLK 22 Scholar Hometown High School Declared College
Mary Briamonte Holmdel Holmdel High School University of Notre Dame
Amani Hill Newark Great Oaks Legacy Charter HS Rutgers University: New Brunswick
Bryce Jones Sicklerville Hammonton High School Montclair State University
Aneesah Lawrence Jersey City University Academy Charter HS Howard University
Sydeny Mannion South Orange Columbia High School University of Virgina
Kaily Peixoto Newark Technology High School New Jersey Institute of Technology
Isaiah Quockco Paterson Passaic County Technical Institue Caldwell University
Aunyae Romeo Hamilton St. Andrew's School Princeton University
Anaya Thomas Montclair Montclair High School Howard University
Brianna Van Orden Glenwood Vernon Township High School Northeastern University

“Our 2022 essay contest winners demonstrated a thoughtful understanding of both Dr. King’s legacy and the fierce urgency of the issues facing their generation. I am thrilled to congratulate these young leaders and extend our wishes for their future success,” said Acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

“On behalf of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, we extend our congratulations to our ten MLK Scholars who will be entering college in the fall,” Commission Chairman George Guy said. “Their essays about Dr. King’s legacy and his inspiration for their academic work and community service, has given all of us great hope for the future.”

The 2022 MLK Scholars will be awarded $5,000 scholarship for the university or college of their choice.

About the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

Established by the Legislature, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, based in the Department of State, develops, coordinates and advises the Governor on Statewide activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Further, it is the purpose of the Commission to create programs designed to educate the people of New Jersey about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Website: NJ Department of State - New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission


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