Three PCDS students win Paradise Valley MLK Essay Contest

On left, Arthi Macherla, eighth grade; Alexander Ashman, sixth grade; and Milan Sewell, fifth grade.

On left, Arthi Macherla, eighth grade; Alexander Ashman, sixth grade; and Milan Sewell, fifth grade.

The 2016 Town of Paradise Valley MLK Essay Contest has announced the winners of its annual middle school essay contest, and Phoenix Country Day School is proud that three of its students were recognized as winners in the contest.

The three PCDS student winners are Milan Sewell, fifth grade; Alexander Ashman, sixth grade; and Arthi Macherla, eighth grade.

The Paradise Valley MLK task force has organized the PV MLK Celebration for over 14 years, and has run the concurrent essay contest for the last three years, according to a press release. The contest is open to all Paradise Valley resident middle school students, as well as middle school students attending schools in the Paradise Valley Township.

The contest awards winners for fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade, the release stated.

Milan, Alexander, and Arthi will be recognized at the Town of Paradise Valley MLK Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Phoenix Country Day School is a nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. It emphasizes high academics and both extra and co-curricular activities, including academics, arts, and athletics. Additionally, PCDS helps its students strive to be conscious leaders in their community, from service learning, to philanthropy, to awareness and social justice, the release stated.

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