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News from PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
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For immediate release: January 7, 2004
Contact: Patricia Allen, (609) 258-6108, pallen@princeton.edu

King Day celebration set for Jan. 19

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include: an address by Valerie Smith, director of Princeton's Program in African-American Studies; musical selections by the University Gospel Ensemble; and the presentation of awards to essay, poster and video contest winners from area schools.

Smith, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and professor of English, will speak on "Memory." A specialist in African-American literature, she is the author of "Not Just Race, Not Just Gender: Black Feminist Readings" (Routledge, 1998) and "Self-Discovery and Authority in Afro-American Narrative" (Harvard University Press, 1987). She also has edited "African-American Writers" (Scribners, 1991), "New Essays on Song of Solomon" (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and "Representing Blackness: Issues in Film and Video" (Rutgers University Press, 1997).

Smith taught at Princeton from 1980 to 1989, then joined the faculty at the University of California-Los Angeles. She was chair of UCLA's interdepartmental program in African-American studies from 1997 to 2001 and co-director of cultural studies in the African Diaspora Project from 1996 to 1999. She re-joined the Princeton faculty in 2001 and became director of the Program in African-American Studies in 2002.

This year's contests for area school children were intended to commemorate the 40th anniversary of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Students in grades 7 through 12 were invited to submit an original speech that would move America today, just as King's speech did in 1963. They could submit the text in writing or, for the first time this year, deliver it on video. Fourth- through sixth-graders were invited to create posters that depict or symbolize the delivery of a speech that would profoundly affect America today.

This year, nearly 500 students from 16 schools submitted essays or videos and nearly 500 students from 19 schools submitted posters. Many of the posters will be displayed during the program. The winning posters and excerpts from the essays will be posted on the University's King Day Web site. The contest winners are:

Grades 4-6
First Prize ($100): Sheeba Arif, grade 6, John Witherspoon School, Princeton
First Prize ($100): Rachel Waychunas, grade 5, Sayen Elementary School, Hamilton
Second Prize ($75): Cameron Giles, grade 5, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Third Prize ($50) :Nicholas Littlefield, grade 5, Sayen Elementary School, Hamilton

Honorable Mention:
Angela Bastian, grade 6, Crockett Middle School, Hamilton
Saira Bhayat, grade 5, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Kenneth Cousins, grade 6, Glenfield Middle School, Montclair
Olivia Sage-El, grade 6, Glenfield Middle School, Montclair
Robert Graham, grade 5, Lore Elementary School, Ewing
Julia Vari, grade 4, St. Ann's, Lawrenceville
Bailey Klapp, grade 5, Holland Brook School, Readington

Grades 7-8
First Prize ($100): Ariana Vera, grade 8, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Second Prize ($75): Christopher Littauer, grade 8, Chapin School, Princeton
Third Prize ($50): Prerna Sinha, grade 8, Montgomery Middle School, Skillman

Honorable Mention:
Kyle Babinowich, grade 8, Chapin School, Princeton
Caroline Lindseth, grade 8, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Annie MacDonald, grade 8, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Cristen Mangrum, grade 8, John Witherspoon School, Princeton
Melanie Mostrowski, grade 8, Reynolds Middle School, Trenton
Amala Narayan, grade 7, Crossroads South Middle School, Monmouth Junction
Shivani Ray, grade 8, Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, Hightstown

Grades 9-10
First Prize ($100): Teresa Bayer, grade 10, Villa Victoria Academy, Trenton
First Prize ($100): Laura Brienza, grade 10, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Second Prize ($75): Stephanie Swites, grade 10, Villa Victoria Academy, Trenton
Third Prize ($50): Anthony D'Amato, grade 10, Blair Academy, Blairstown

Honorable Mention:
Sehr Akbar, grade 10, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Elizabeth Cancelosi, grade 9, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Semion Gordonov, grade 10, Hightstown High School, Hightstown
Margaret Helmke, grade 10, Villa Victoria Academy, Trenton
Rajiv Lalla, grade 10, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville
Gina Lupica, grade 10, Villa Victoria Academy, Trenton

Grades 11-12
First Prize ($100): Danielle Petrics, grade 11, Hightstown High School, Hightstown
Second Prize ($75): Jessica Boston, grade 12, West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School, Plainsboro
Third Prize ($50): Manisha Bhattacharya, grade 11, West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School, Princeton Junction

Honorable Mention:
Emily Franco, grade 11, Hightstown High School, Hightstown
Leslie Hart, grade 12, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Jeannette Manning, grade 11, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton
Sofia Medina, grade 12, Stuart Country Day School, Princeton

The event is convened by the University's Martin Luther King Day Committee and is coordinated by the Office of Communications.

 

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