CHARLES TOWN — A Jefferson County Schools’ Opportunity Learning Center student took the top spot in this year’s statewide poster contest honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Malakye Boyd’s poster was chosen on the state level for the first place award in the grades six through eight and will hang in the Cultural Center in Charleston.
This contest is an annual competition to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
Malakye was awarded a certificate, a $100 savings bond, and an invitation to the presentation in the State Capitol.
His name appeared in the program as the only winner from the Eastern Panhandle.
His teacher/counselor at Opportunity Learning Center is Amy Chrisman, who also received a check in the amount of $100 to be used in her classroom.
Chrisman said the poster competition had been assigned as a class project and everyone in the class participated.
Malakye‘s poster was chosen by the school’s staff and forwarded to the West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission where it was judged with posters from all over the State.
Mary Beth Vickers, administrative facilitator for the Opportunity Learning Center, said during the presentation, that the center was proud of Malakye’s achievement.
“He worked extremely hard on this project,” Vickers said. “He showed us the enormous talent he possesses; and we are all delighted for him and applaud his hard work, his efforts, and his success.”