Contest Winners

posted Jan 18, 2017, 7:21 PM by Jackie Wallace   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 12:08 PM ]
The Elite Ladies' 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" Speech Contest

This contest was open to Fairfield County School District students in grades K-12.  Over fifty-three years ago, Dr. King's now famous "I Have A Dream" speech spoke of how racial equality is essential for people to peacefully coexist, how racism negatively affects the lives of African Americans, and equal rights for all people. Students were asked, "What is Your Dream?" The contest guided students to write and video a speech, addressed to their peers, that reflected on past and current events and allowed them to share their dream for the current generation. Entries were received from the following schools and students:


Fairfield Elementary School

James Kyles - "I Have A Dream" Video

Jamya Kennedy - " I Have A Dream" Video

 Lamarris Holley - "I Have A Dream" Video

 Shiloh Kyles -  "I Have A Dream" Video


Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science

Chloe Young, Alexia Hernandez, Graeme Douglas, Londyn Brown, Krishi Patel, Skyla Hart, Jerome Burns, Alvin Wilson, Aaliyah Mayfield, Tavetria Amponsah, Leah Childers

 Click here for FMSMS  "I Have A Dream" Videos

Fairfield Middle School

Ambrosia Hinson, Celysha Jackson, Leslie Tapia, Savannah Bairefoot, Vincent Ingaro

 Click here for pictures

Elite Ladies 2017 Service Project Contest

This contest was open to Elite Ladies' participants in grades 7 - 12. Participants were encouraged to brainstorm and make a list of needs they were aware of in Fairfield County and to create a service project to address that need. Quoting Dr. King, "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." Fairfield Middle School student, Aniya Ruff, created an organization called "Agape Crusaders" to provide strength and support for the children in her community.  Aniya stated that many of the children in her community lacked the moral support of their family and as a result may decide to go down the wrong path. Aniya states, "I don't want to see them follow the wrong path so I've created this organization. Along with scheduling monthly educational sessions, Agape Crusaders also plans to offer academic and emotional support. In addition, Aniya created merchandise (t-shirt design) for her organization's participants and hopes to expand her organization not only locally but globally.


2017 Service Project Winner

Aniya Ruff, 8th grader - Fairfield Middle School (click here for picture)