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Pictured above are the 2021 Essay Contest Winners and the honorable Justice Vance Raye who presented the winners with their prizes. 

8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sacramento Region Essay Contest

Congratulations to the 2021 MLK Essay Contest Winners!

High School
Hang Trinh, West Campus High School (Sacramento City Unified) - 1st Place
Briseyda Olivares Rodriguez, Foothill High School (Twin Rivers Unified) - 2nd Place
Ben-Israel Gurjar, Hiram W. Johnson High School (Sacramento City Unified) - 3rd Place

Middle School
Jack Simon, Merryhill Midtown Sacramento - 1st Place
Miles Scaife, Harriet G. Eddy Middle School (Elk Grove Unified) - 2nd Place
Sofia Zotov, Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy (Twin Rivers Unified) - 3rd Place

To read the winning essays, click here.


The 2021 MLK Essay Contest Question
With COVID-19 Health guidelines in mind, describe an injustice that you see in today’s society and what you can do to address the issue and advancement of John Lewis’ call to action.

Essays were judged on creativity, clarity, content, coherence and adherence to theme. Essays must be in your own words.  The winners received a cash prize and were recognized as part of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event held on January 25, 2021 via zoom.

The essay contest is open to youth (Middle and High School students) who live in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, and Sutter Counties.


Prizes were awarded in the Middle School and High School Divisions.
1st Place Winner - $250 | 2nd Place Winner - $150 | 3rd Place Winner - $100


Thank you to our Essay Contest Sponsors



Past Essay Contest Winners

2021 MLK Essay Contest Winners
2020 MLK Essay Contest Winners
2019 MLK Essay Contest Winners
2018 MLK Essay Contest Winners
2017 MLK Essay Contest Winners