Cactus Shadows High School’s students sweep ASU’s 2019 MLK Celebration essay contest

PHOENIX – Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) students swept the competition taking first, second and third place at the Arizona State University’s (ASU) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration essay contest earlier this month.

The winners were: Sarah Weiss, taking first place; Angela Khammo, taking second place; and Mikaela Morris, taking third place in the 2019 contest. 

Pictured: Angela Khammo, the second-place winner of Arizona State University's 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration essay contest. The winning essays are available to read online at: https://asunow.asu.edu/20190117-2019-asu-mlk-jr-day-essay-and-poster-winners. Photos courtesy of CCUSD
Pictured: Angela Khammo, the second-place winner of Arizona State University’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration essay contest. The winning essays are available to read online at: https://asunow.asu.edu/20190117-2019-asu-mlk-jr-day-essay-and-poster-winners. Photos courtesy of CCUSD

This year, students were encouraged to participate in the “Find Your Voice” campaign and asked to submit essays based on their own idea of “leadership through service.”

“I am so proud of Sarah, Mikaela, and Angela.  Their ‘Find Your Voice’ essays were truly inspiring and sent a powerful message,” Jim Swetter, CSHS Interim Principal said.  “A big thank you to their teacher Christine Marsh for helping promote such a worthwhile contest.  Cactus Shadows is very proud of their accomplishments!”

The Falcons were honored at the 34th Annual ASU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, which was held at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. 

Pictured: The third-place winner of Arizona State University's 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration essay contest, Mikaela Morris.
Pictured: The third-place winner of Arizona State University’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration essay contest, Mikaela Morris.

Family members, teachers, CSHS interim-principal and Cave Creek Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Debbi Burdick all attended the event.

“I am inspired by the girls’ insightful essays about leadership through service and grateful to ASU for providing this opportunity for students to be recognized for their creativity and writing skills,” CSHS English teacher, Ms. Christine Marsh said.

Congratulations Sarah, Angela and Mikaela!

The winning essays are available online at: https://asunow.asu.edu/20190117-2019-asu-mlk-jr-day-essay-and-poster-winners.

CSHS is an A+ School of Excellence, for more information, contact Mr. Jim Swetter, Interim-Principal, at jswetter@ccusd93.org, or visit our website ccusd93.org.