Cara Ingram, sixth grade student, from Vela Middle School is already an accomplished writer earning multiple awards for her thoughtful essays, and this spring she has added one more to her list.
Ingram was recently awarded first place for her essay submission in the Region One 21st Century CCLC sponsored, Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Writing Contest. Through her participation in the Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Program, she competed with students from 17 different districts to earn the top spot.
Ingram and her competitors were asked to write an essay about their personal dream for themselves and the world and why Martin Luther King Jr. felt equality was important for everyone.
To qualify for the region level, Ingram’s essay was selected to by district judges and then selected by 17 ACE District Directors from Region One. As a result of the selection process, a finalist from each grade level was selected and was then rewarded by earning the honor to represent the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program at the Mexican–American School Board Members Association (MASBA) Annual Conference at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen Texas on Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.