published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
AP recognizes, names winners during MLK events
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
AVON PARK - An event-filled weekend culminated with a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and parade Monday, paying tribute to the dream and work of one of the world's most influential individuals.
The Avon Park Southside Community Redevelopment Agency organized a parade in which local churches and organizations participated in to show their appreciation of MLK's legacy.
The winners of the parade's float decoration contest are as follows:
- First place: New Progressive Church of God, theme "One Vision, One Dream"
- Second place: Ridge Area Arc, theme "To Love, respect and accept everyone"
- Third place: St. John Missionary Baptist Church, theme "Dream of Change"
The MLK committee also presented awards of recognition to John Shoop, president of Highlands Independent Bank, and Kenny Long, owner/president of Long's Air Conditioning.
Grand marshals for the parade were Avon Park High School Principal Tealy Williams and resident and former NASA engineer L.C. Sumbry. They were also recognized during the event.
Three winners were also recognized for Friday's Oratorical Contest at the AP Council Chambers. The middle school and high school students wrote and delivered their speeches on what the MLK holiday and legacy means to them.
- First place: Briana Smith ($75)
- Second place: Rashaad Jones ($50)
- Third place: Mariah Wilson ($25)
The cash prizes were provided by Avon Park City Councilman Parke Southerland.
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