Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools partnered with the MLK, Jr. Citywide Committee for the 18th time and sponsored the ML King, Jr. Art and Writing Awards. Students were asked to focus on a common theme. This year’s theme was “Defending the Dream.”  Students competed at the school level and those winners then competed at district level.
Erin Mullens, a senior at Independence High School, won first place in the CMS Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest on the 9-12 grade/high school level.  Mullens wrote a poem called, “What They See.” Mullens will be recognized at the MLK Day 2012 Breakfast sponsored by the City of Charlotte Monday, January 16, at Harvey Gantt Center & Wells Fargo Auditorium.
Amy D. Dellinger, principal of Independence High School, presented Erin with a replica of the $500 check she will receive Monday along with a Certificate of Merit and a First Place Medal with Dr. King’s image on it.
Mullens is an honor student at Independence and is active in the theatre department. She is the daughter of Terry and Wendy Mullens.  Mullens is graduating early on January 30.  photo courtesy of Independence High School