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MLK events at VA begin Monday

SALISBURY — The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center is honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through two events during January. The community and VAMC staff members are invited to attend both programs.
Deedee Wright, former educator, social services advocate and community activist, is the guest speaker during a program being held in the Building 6 Social Room Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. The theme for her presentation is, “Not Where We’ve Been, But Where We Are Going.”
Rowan County students will read their contest winning essays at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the campus chapel. Winning essays were selected from entries received from Rowan/Salisbury schools.
Themes for the essays were “What Does Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream Mean to Me?” in the elementary level competition, and “50 Years Later — How Much of Dr. King’s Dream Has Been Realized?” in the high school category.
Winners in the Elementary School division by grade are:
Third grade — first place, Nayeli Hernadez, Woodleaf Elementary School; second place, John Robbins, Woodleaf Elementary School; third place, Linnea Dream Rufty, Woodleaf Elementary School; honorable mention, Eli Guerrero, Woodleaf Elementary School.
Fourth grade — first place, Makayla Johnson, Bostian Elementary School; Jaharrie Jackson, Hurley Elementary School; second place, Anna Rymer, Bostian Elementary School; Ellison Frick, Overton Elementary School. Third place, Maddy McDaniel, Hurley Elementary School;Christina Wooten, Hurley Elementary School; honorable mention, Jordan Cline, Bostian Elementary School
Fifth grade — first place, Phoebe Hollingsworth, Overton Elementary School; Alex Blumenthal, Overton Elementary School; second place, Devyn Lasker, Overton Elementary School; third place, Natalie Lusk, Overton Elementary School; Ben Blumenthal, Overton Elementary School; honorable mention, Scarlett Cruz, Overton Elementary School.
High school — first place; Geovani Hidalgo, Salisbury High School; Savannah Morgan, West Rowan High School; second place, Sadie Hannold, West Rowan High School; third place, Parker Williams, West Rowan High School; honorable mention, Caleb Cranfield, West Rowan High School.
For more information about these programs, contact Chaplain Ethel Bamberg-Revis at 704-638-9000, ext. 3330.

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