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Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Announces 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize Winners of the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest for 8th graders


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA- The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission’s First Annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest Announcement & Rules were sent out to eighth grade teachers
in public and private schools late December 2011. This year’s essay theme was:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

The deadline for submissions was January 12, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. AERC Commissioner Darrell
Hess and Investigator Belinda Davis accepted the task of judging the essays. Each essay was
ranked by the judges individually and then collectively to determine the winners.

The eighth grade students who placed first, second and third place were notified and invited to
attend the next Regular Commission Meeting of AERC on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.
in the Mayor’s Conference Room to receive their awards.

Congratulations to Jane DuClos from Mears Middle School, 1st Place Winner - $100; C. Casper
Mathiesen from Grace Christian School, 2nd Place Winner - $75; and Brian Sweeney from Mears
Middle School, 3rd Place Winner- $50.*

Thanks to both the students and educators in our community who continue to encourage
participation in community service to others.

* AERC Commissioners and staff provided cash prizes through personal donations. MOA funds
were not utilized for this contest.

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