Winner with King essay

Student achiever

February 06, 2002

The student: Scott Ehrlich, 12.

School: Clarksville Middle.

Special achievement: Scott won a $300 savings bond in an essay contest sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. His essay addressed the meaning of King's statement, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."

On winning contests: Scott had entered a poetry contest in the past. "I didn't win that one," he said. "I felt real good when I won this one. I felt that I was keeping Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream alive by giving a report on him. I really believe in what he said."

An excerpt from his essay: "He did not want fights between African Americans, whites, and other nationalities caused by racism or jealousy. The reason he did not want to have the different races fight is because he wanted everyone to be treated equally and have the same opportunities to succeed in life. If people were not racist and treated one another as brothers the world would be a better place to live. ... Unfortunately, there are still some people who do not think everyone should be treated equally as brothers. However, I think we are trying harder everyday to live together as one. Those who do not believe that everyone should live as brothers are living a very sad life."

Other interests: Playing soccer. Also, he helped last year in a disability awareness program.

His plans: "I want to play football in the NFL for the Redskins, and after that I want to help children with disabilities."

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