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For Lake Middle School eighth-grader David Henninger, these words not only embody the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, they also offer the promise of a better world for his and future generations.

As part of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s Art, Essay and Multimedia Contest, David’s social studies teacher Nicole Bazzoli recently challenged her students to interpret the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King:

“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ’What are you doing for others?’” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug. 11, 1957.

More than 1,700 fifth- through 12th-graders from throughout the state submitted creative entries in the contest, which is held annually with a mission of enhancing cultural awareness, empowerment and tolerance, and encouraging youths to be


Lake Middle School eighth-grader David Henninger’s “Words
of a Better World” earned him top honors in the Ohio Civil
Rights Commission’s annual Art, Essay and Multimedia Contest.

leaders in a multi-cultural society. “We believe that it is important that the lessons and beliefs that affect students today will encourage them to be leaders for diversity for tomorrow,” the commission’s call for entries said.



David’s short essay, written to accompany his artwork said,

“In my opinion, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most commendable and inspiring peacemakers that ever walked on the Earth. My artwork is a tribute to Dr. King’s work and promotes tolerance and acceptance.

While I was working on it, I helped my classmates to find deeper meaning to words that they might use in their lives everyday. Each of my classmates chose a word that related to the theme of this project and thought about the meaning of the word and how it relates to the project and to themselves. These words were then written on small pieces of painted paper in different ways to show that everyone is different and special in their own way.

Also, the words are positioned the way they are to exhibit that all of us are interconnected, although we may look and feel different. In addition, the word ‘acceptance’ is showcased at the bottom of the piece because that is the main idea behind the artwork.

All in all, my piece of artwork, that is named ‘The Words of a Better World,’ showcases the idea that words can be very powerful.

In my opinion, this helps to illustrate Dr. King’s dream of a world where everyone is included and treated no differently than anyone else.”

A panel of judges chose David’s submission as the winner in the eighth-grade artwork category. Last week, he and his family were invited to attend the awards ceremony in Columbus, where the winners were recognized and their entries were put on display.

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