MOORE'S ISLAND, Abaco -- On March 27, the faculty and students of Moore's Island All Age School formally celebrated the accomplishment of 10th grader Devin Major, the Abaco winner of the U.S. Embassy's 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Essay Contest. On hand to celebrate the achievement was the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Officer Erica Thibault who noted that of the more than 120 essays submitted from students throughout The Bahamas, Devin's essay was one of four submissions that were selected for eloquently illustrating the power of a non-violent approach in advocating for justice and equality during the civil rights era.
In front of the 150 member student body, Principal Dinnea Cooper and Mrs. Thibault presented Devin with this year's grand prize, an Apple iPad 2 as part of the school's weekly assembly. Devin then read her essay, which focused on the contributions made by activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson. She also shared through her essay how she would take an active stance in her community to promote peace by encouraging her fellow students to resist negative peer pressure.
"Many high school teens celebrate with their classmates when they do wrong. I know these students are behaving in this way because they are simply bored and have not found their calling in life. I believe that, if our school had enough after school programs, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good," Devin said in front of her peers.
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