Local student captures statewide MLK contest

AS THE excitement of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States came to a close, one avid President Barack Obama supporter and Bridgeport High School student is being honored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission as the winner of the annual statewide Dr. Martin Luther King Multimedia Contest.

Doug Edge, a junior at in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, incorporated a theme which centered on Dr. King’s commitment to community and service, which were components that he believed were essential to the struggle for equality. He did this through historical pictures in a photo montage with music on the struggle for equality.

Students who entered the contest were asked to illustrate what they can do, or what they are doing, in their own lives to help others and to fulfill Dr. King’s commitment to promoting community and service for the betterment of all.

“Doug is very creative. He used black and white photos in his montage before MLK gave his ‘I have a Dream Speech’ then after MLK’s speech the photographs turned to color,” Bridgeport English teacher Danielle Mehlman said about Edge’s project. “He answered life’s most persistent and urgent question, what are you doing for others?”

Winners were chosen on very tight criteria surrounding around originality, presentation, relevancy to theme, and effective and creative expression.

Edge will be honored for his hard work and dedication in Columbus on Thursday at the Rhode State Office Towers.

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