CHARLESTON — Graphic design students at Mingo Central High School were recently honored for their award-winning work celebrating the life and achievement of Martin Luther King Jr. An awards ceremony was held at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol complex to celebrate their artistic achievements. Four students placed in this statewide poster competition sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and West Virginia State University.
The students swept the fine arts competition winning first, second and third place and the students won an additional first place award in the mixed media category. The award winners were: First place — Hailey Harmon, Second place — Marquis Cunningham, Third place —Zack Roberts in the fine arts division. Brandon Adkins won first place in the mixed media division. Their artwork ranged from a life size painting of Martin Luther King Jr. to a portrait created with pen and ink.
An awards luncheon was held in the great hall of the Culture Center on the State Capitol grounds in honor of all the award winners across the state. First Lady Tomblin and West Virginia State Superintendent of School, Dr. Jorea Marple, were in attendance at the ceremony. Each student received a savings bond and a certificate for their award. Activities include an awards ceremony, an evening gala featuring performances by West Virginia artists.
“It is an honor to participate and attend in an event to honor a great man that has made a lasting impact on a nation,” Martin said. “I am very proud of my students’ achievements and their ability to not only capture Martin Luther King Jr.’s likeness, but also his heart and legacy in each piece of art and design.”
The award-winning entries will be published in a book that will be distributed to all the libraries in West Virginia. The winning posters will be on display at the Cultural Center in Charleston for the next couple of months.