Congratulations to Nikita Bhat, fifth grader at Webster Elementary School, whose painting won first place in the 33rd annual New Hampshire Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition arts and writing competition. More than 100 entries were submitted by students in grades five through eight across the state, responding to this year's theme, "The time is always right to do what is right."
The judges felt that Nikita's art piece best honored the life and words of Dr. King. It expresses an understanding of the power of standing together to "grow" from negativity. The depiction of the flower with incomplete petals indicates that Nikita understands that the work is not done, that today's children must create a positive environment, in spite of historic negativity.
Nikita and the other contest winners in the writing and art categories will be recognized at the NH Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition's community celebration on Monday, January 19 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Memorial High School jazz band also will be there providing music entertainment. The public is invited to attend!