Winners of MLK Voice 4 Youth’s First Virtual Competition


More than 24 schools and organizations participated in last month’s first virtual MLK Voice 4 Youth competition in which youngsters creatively shared through livestreaming how Dr Martin Luther King’s legacy guides their response to today’s challenges. In addition to the U.S., members of the virtual audience included viewers from Canada and India.

A $2,000 first-place prize was awarded to Neha Das of Charter School of Wilmington (grade 12). The $1,000 second-place prize went to Adith Thyagarajan of Charter School of Wilmington (grade 12). The $500 third-place prize was awarded to Rishima Mall of Charter School of Wilmington (grade 11).

Other finalists were Deena Johnson (Milford High School, grade 12), Desere Ndikum (Newark Charter, grade 12), Jamel Powell (Powell Academy Homeschooling, grade 9) and Sanchez Raymond (Cape Henlopen High, grade 12).

To produce the event, volunteers were challenged to bring multiple social media platforms together. Judges used both Zoom and to view and score contestants. Contestants presented through Zoom, and members of the virtual audience tuned in to watch via Vimeo, Facebook, and YouTube. To view some of the performances, visit MLK Voice 4 Youth’s Facebook page