St. Mary's Ryken Student Wins Martin Luther King Day of Service Essay Contest

Submitted by: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

Erin McRoy, a sophomore at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, is this year’s high school winner of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter’s Martin Luther King Day of Service Essay Contest. She was announced as the essay winner at the Martin Luther King Day of Service Program held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Monday, January 20, 2020. 

Ms. McRoy successfully wrote on the topic of “The Harlem Renaissance: Its Contributions and Its Challenges for Us Today.” The contestants were challenged to describe the lessons learned from the Renaissance and to apply the quote “The past is prologue” to the relationship between the Harlem Renaissance and the present time with support from personal experiences. 

As the winner of the essay contest, Ms. McRoy received a “Certificate of Achievement” and a $100.00 award. Although she could not be present to accept her award, her teacher, Ms. Stephanie Wojt, was present to accept the award on her student’s behalf. Ms. Wojt was also recognized with a “Certificate of Achievement” because she was instrumental in successfully challenging 16 of her St. Mary's Ryken students to compete in the essay contest. 

Erin McRoy Essay 2020 Stephanie Wojt

Stephanie Wojt of St. Mary’s Ryken (left) and Timothy Fenner of the College of Southern Maryland (center) both recognized by President Denise Barnes (right) for encouraging students to participate in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter’s Martin Luther King Day of Service Essay Contest. 

The essay was sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter in conjunction with the Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Inc. Mrs. Denise Barnes is the President of the Sorority and the Charities. 

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