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Youth awards presented

Winners of the Martin Luther King Children of the Dream Art Competition were, bottom, Nechemyah Tumbling, Dougherty Middle School; middle row, from left, Albert Mumphrey (Best of Show, Middle School) “From the Mountain;” Diana Raulerson, WHS, (Best of Show, High School) (“Got it” award), “A Glimmer of Hope;” Emily Taylor, 9th grade WHS; Desmond McClendon, 7th grade, Briauna Anglin, 12th grade WHS. Top row, from left, are Kearsten Jones, 11th grade, WHS; Seanto Pace, 8th grade and Hannah Harper, 10th grade, WHS.

Winners of the Martin Luther King Children of the Dream Art Competition were, bottom, Nechemyah Tumbling, Dougherty Middle School; middle row, from left, Albert Mumphrey (Best of Show, Middle School) “From the Mountain;” Diana Raulerson, WHS, (Best of Show, High School) (“Got it” award), “A Glimmer of Hope;” Emily Taylor, 9th grade WHS; Desmond McClendon, 7th grade, Briauna Anglin, 12th grade WHS. Top row, from left, are Kearsten Jones, 11th grade, WHS; Seanto Pace, 8th grade and Hannah Harper, 10th grade, WHS.

ALBANY — The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee presented awards for its annual Children of the Dream Youth Art Competition Thursday at Thronateeska Heritage Center.

Helen Young, chairperson for the event, said the art show and competition is a lead-in to the upcoming Martin Luther King Day celebration in January.

“The object is to get these kids involved,” Young said. “The winners are invited to the MLK Dinner at the Civic Center Jan. 16.”

Young said the theme for this year’s youth competition is “From a Mountain of Despair to a Stone of Hope.” Students were judged not only on the overall quality of their work but on their adherence to the stated theme of the competition.

According to Young, participation in the event was open to middle and high school students in the Dougherty County School system. First-, second- and third-place ribbons plus an honorable mention were given in each school grade.

For the middle schools, third-place winners earned a $15 gift card, second place was $25, while first-place entries received $75 gift cards. High school third-place winners were awarded a $25 card, with a $50 card going to second place and a $100 card for first-place entries.

The single middle school Best of Show winner, Albert Mumphrey, received $150 for his entry, “From the Mountain.” Diana Raulerson was the night’s big winner, receiving $300 for her Best of Show entry, “A Glimmer of Hope,” and $100 for the “Got It” award received for the same piece.

Young said she established the “Got It” award in 2008 as a special tribute to a student who the judges felt had really understood and illustrated the year’s competition theme. Raulerson’s entry shows a child apparently separated from her family and sitting near a rocky creek. The child has found and is fascinated with a sparkling stone. The event judges felt that Raulerson’s work was the best in illustrating the competition theme, a quote from Martin Luther King.”

According to Young, beginning Monday, the 68-piece youth art exhibit will be displayed at the Wetherbee Planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center, 100 W. Roosevelt Ave. It will be relocated to the Albany Mall on Jan. 3.