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Three students received awards for their outstanding poem and essay contest entries. Elementary school fourth and fifth grade students were encouraged to write about a person or idea that fosters respect for human rights. Middle school students in the sixth through eighth grades were encouraged to compose an essay or poem about the concept of leadership as it relates to human rights.
Mayor Mike Seminary presented the awards to students who were surrounded by their parents, guests and Human Relations Committee members. Mayor Seminary congratulated the students for their outstanding achievements. Three students received awards including: Ryan Zhang, fourth grade student, St. Mary’s Grade School, poetry award for his poem titled “Human Rights”; Haiden Pederson, an eighth grade student at Simle Middle School, student essay award for her essay titled “Leadership is for Everyone” and Rylie Fode, seventh grade Horizon Middle School, poetry award for her poem “What is a Flame”.
Each year the Mayor’s Human Relations Committee sponsors a Human Rights Essay and Poetry contest for elementary school students in fourth and fifth grade, and middle school students in sixth through eighth grade, calling upon them to write an essay or a poem to foster increased awareness about human rights. “It’s important for youths to have learning experiences that foster and develop their awareness of human rights. They can make a difference by growing their own self-awareness and mindfulness of others about reaching their full human potential in spite of barriers they may encounter,” said Mayor Seminary. “The Human Rights essay and poetry contest provides an opportunity for students to learn and explore human rights and what it means to them. It’s essential for youths to nurture the values of respect and dignity as they grow, learn and contribute to the future.”
The mission of the Human Relations Committee is to protect and promote the personal dignity of all Bismarck citizens and to eliminate any discriminatory barriers that prevent them from reaching their full human potential.