Every year, part of the City of Irving’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance event invites Irving students from grades 3-12 to enter an essay contest. This year, writers were challenged to submit an essay written with the theme, “Reaching the Mountain Top.”

One winner was chosen from each of the three categories; grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

The 2022 winners are:

  • Ian Oommen, 4th grader at Great Hearts Irving. Read Ian's Essay
  • Iha Jadhav, 6th grader from Coppell Middle School East. Read Iha's Essay
  • Jobin Shibu, 9th grader from Jack E. Singley Academy. Read Jobin's Essay

A judging panel comprised of city employees read through dozens of extremely well-written and articulate essays. On behalf of the City of Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department and the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, thank you to every student who submitted an essay.

The MLK Essay Contest occurs annually. Parents and students are encouraged to enter the 2023 contest and can expect the submission period to begin mid to late December 2022.

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