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Frederick event to honor King

January 12, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County public school students and staff invite the public to join in celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday at 7 p.m., in the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School auditorium.

The free 90-minute program, "From Vision to Action," will feature inspiring musical performances and award-winning student artwork and written expressions that focus on King's life and the principles he promoted, Ted Luck, FCPS supervisor of Education That is Multicultural/Gifted and Talented, said in a prepared release.

Luck will open the program with introductions, followed by Joshua Diggs, a Gov. Thomas Johnson High junior, singing the national anthem.

Board of Education member Daryl Boffman will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

During the ceremony, emceed by Brunswick High School students Rachel Ham and Kevin McCarthy, one outstanding student from each of the county's public schools will receive the King Award.

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To earn this award, the student must have demonstrated leadership qualities characteristic of King and exemplified the Character Counts! pillars: responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship and respect.

In addition, winners of the art and written expression contests will receive awards.

Students from Deer Crossing Elementary, Gov. Thomas Johnson High and Orchard Grove Elementary will perform during the evening.

FCPS Television will broadcast the program at a later date.

More information can be obtained by calling Ted Luck at 301-696-6891.

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