Local students planning 25th annual MLK Day event

From left: Alex Lleras, Marcus HS; Cameron Dockery, Lewisville HS; Dominique Stoner, Marcus HS; and Nwanne Onuoha, Lewisville HS. Not pictured: Vivek Chilakamarri from Marcus HS.

LISD students’ Committee to Commemorate MLK Day is inviting the local community  join them as they celebrate the committee’s 25th Annual Dr. King Commemoration.

The committee is “planning something special for the 25th celebration” of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a news release from Vernell Gregg, chair emeritus of LISD. For the past six years, Alex Lleras and Vivek Chilakamarri, seniors at Marcus High School, have participated in the committee’s planning, and joining them are Cameron Dockery and Nwanne Onuoha from Lewisville High School and Dominique Stoner from Marcus. Under the guidance of Andy Plunkett, assistant chief of high schools and Jason Snipes, English teacher at Hebron High School, the committee plans to have student participation from all five high schools in LISD in the program, which “promises to be something the audience will remember.”

The theme of the event is “Embrace Unity: Be the Change.” Motivational speaker Michael Brundy will share some historical highlights that relate to Dr. King’s ideals, principles and philosophy.

Before the program begins, Downing Middle School Orchestra will perform, and Boy Scout Troop 822 will conduct the Presentation of Colors. The new choral group of the Tau Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will perform, as will the Lakeland Elementary School Choir, with LHS student Ani Uk singing with them.

Flower Mound Fire Chief Eric Greaser, Lewisville Fire Chief Timothy Tittle and Highland Village Fire Chief Brad Goudie will be honored.

The committee expects to award more than $5,000 in prizes to the 4th-12th grade winners of the Dr. King Art, Essay and Photography Contests. The winners’ art will be on display for viewing at 5:30 p.m. After the MLK Day program, it will be displayed at the MCL Grand Theater until Feb. 10.

The event will be held Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Lewisville High School auditorium. Admission is one canned good per person and all goods will be donated to Christian Community Action. For more information, click here or contact Fariborz Davoodi at 972-410-3682 or [email protected].

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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