APS News Release

2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary & Visual Arts Literary Arts Winners

Today, Arlington Public Schools announced the winners of the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Literary and Visual Arts contest. This year marks the 53rd year that Arlington County and APS have come together to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

APS students at all grade levels were asked to participate in the contest, and this year we received over 500 entries from our schools and programs. Students submitted outstanding pieces of artwork, poetry and essays. Twelve entries were chosen in this year’s contest. The winners will be recognized virtually during the Thursday, February 17th School Board meeting at 7 p.m.

This Year’s Topic:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the struggle for equal economic, political, and social opportunities for all – a struggle that continues today. During Dr. King’s March on Washington in 1963, activists, athletes, scholars, families and people of many different races and backgrounds came together to advocate for equality in their communities. His legacy lives on today and inspires many individuals to carry out his dream and make a difference in their communities.


Incorporating a quote from Dr. King, describe in writing or through visual arts how you, as a student, can get involved, take a stand, and support Dr. King’s mission and vision for equality; and/or inspire a more equitable, inclusive, and peaceful Virginia.

Literary Arts Winners

Visual Arts Grades K-2

  • 1st Place – Lina Berkinsaw, Montessori Public School of Arlington, 2nd Grade
  • 2nd Place – Eleanor Muller, Innovation Elementary School, 1st Grade

Grades 3 – 5

  • 1st Place – Margaret Reed, Campbell Elementary School, 5th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Malia Luckett, Taylor Elementary School, 5th Grade

Grades 6 – 8

  • 1st Place – Charlotte Andress, Gunston Middle School, 6th Grade
  • 2nd Place  – Chloe Day, Swanson Middle School, 7th Grade

Grades 9 – 12

  • 1st Place – McCarley Keish, Wakefield High School, 12th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Munachomso Nkemakolam , Wakefield High School, 9th Grade  

Literary Arts

Grades K-2

  • 1st Place – Charlotte Murphy, Cardinal Elementary School, Kindergarten
  • 2nd Place – Lea Zick, Ashlawn Elementary School, 2nd Grade

Grades 3 – 5

  • 1st Place – Maedot Ayalew, Campbell Elementary School, 5th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Batin Kubrom, Campbell Elementary School, 5th Grade

 Grades 6 – 8

  • 1st Place – Harper Rath, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 7th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Bridget Winkelvoss, H-B Woodlawn, 8th Grade

Grades 9 – 12

  • 1st Place – Daisy Maxwell, Washington Liberty High School, 9th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Melat Mulugeta, Yorktown High School, 10th Grade