Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD -
Lancaster ISD congratulates Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary fourth grade student Christopher Spillman for winning the elementary division of the Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Week Essay Contest.
“It made me feel like I could do anything,” remarked an excited Spillman as he shared that this competition could be the start of a tradition.
“I plan to compete again, now that I see what I achieved. It has made me come out of my shell more,” he said. “I feel more confident.”
Hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, this contest is held annually and has four student divisions - elementary, middle, high school and undergraduate.
The news of his win brought extreme joy to Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary Principal Yvonne Thornton and the entire campus.
“I am still bursting with pride, as the Proud Principal of Rosa Parks, to see our Lancaster ISD students showcase their talents outside of Lancaster.”
Thornton also stated that the win has truly left an impression on Spillman's classmates and even his teachers.
“It is such a joy to see how Christopher is blossoming this year. This accomplishment for him has not only boosted his confidence but also motivated his classmates to take steps beyond what’s required,” she stated. “It has also given our teachers a boost and confirmed that their work in teaching the whole child matters.”
Spillman was acknowledged at the 37th Annual MLK Awards Gala. The theme of the evening was "Reconciliation: Moving the Dream Forward" and featured keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and a special performance by Sunday Best winner, Crystal Aikin. The focus of the 2019 essay was what effect the work Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had on your community.