Press Release
March 25, 2011

Holland & Knight Announces Winners of its Annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest

Atlanta – March 25, 2011 – Holland & Knight and the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the top three winners of its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders.

The contest, which asked high school junior and seniors to write on one of two topics, focuses on honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to encourage students and leaders of today and tomorrow to reflect on Dr. King's legacy, their dreams and their strategies for achieving those dreams.

The winners of the annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest, all from Booker T. Washington High School of the Atlanta Public School System, are:

      • First Place: Oshianna Bridges, Senior
      • Second Place: Eddrika Russell, Senior
      • Third Place: Marshanaé Davis, Senior

The winners, accompanied by their English teacher Anita Denson, who encouraged 29 students to enter essays in the contest, were honored on March 15 at the annual Dream Scholarship Essay Awards Ceremony hosted by Holland & Knight's Atlanta office and coordinated by the firm's Dream Scholarship Coordinator, Lura Battle. Atlanta Associate Quentin Lynch served as Master of Ceremony and Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane of the Fulton County Superior Court was the keynote speaker. The firm's Recruiting Manager for its Atlanta and Jacksonville offices and Government Section, Kerry Lunz, arranged for Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane to deliver a moving speech, coordinated volunteers, and recruited guest of honor Chelsea Miller. The following scholarships were awarded to the winning essayists: 1st Place - $3,000 scholarship, 2nd Place - $2,000 scholarship, and 3rd Place - $1,000 scholarship.

About the Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: The writing contest focuses on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenges youth to reflect on his ideals. The annual essay contest is open to high school junior and seniors in Atlanta and DeKalb County, Georgia.

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