Broadneck * Severna Park * Millersville


March 05, 1993

'Believe in yourself,' boy's essay says

"Don't quit anything positive you are doing and always believe in yourself." This was the advice that Lionel Jennings, a student at Oak Hill Elementary School in Severna Park, suggested Dr. Martin Luther King would offer the class.

Lionel was the 4th-grade winner of the Martin Luther King Essay Contest, sponsored by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

He read his essay at the award presentation ceremony at the Severna Park library on Feb. 23.

"He would talk about stopping the violence that's going on . . . stopping the bad drugs so people could live a longer life," Lionel wrote.

The 5th-grade contest winner was Melissa Ann Hawkins, a student at South Shore Elementary School in Crownsville. Melissa's essay told students that "we all, regardless of race, creed or color, have the same emotions and that we all have the same color blood. Only then can you believe that unity is more bTC important than community difference.

"Use your belief . . . to promote growth," she wrote. "No one can control a person who knows his identity, purpose and direction."


* Severna Park: The outboard motor was stolen from a boat docked at a private pier on Cattail Creek. The owner told police he realized it was missing Wednesday, but he did not know how long it had been gone.

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