Triadelphia Middle School student Maddie Wood's artistic efforts in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy have earned her top honors in an annual West Virginia competition.
The Eighth-grader recently won first place in the West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission's annual poster competition.
She will be recognized Saturday during an awards luncheon at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston, where her winning entry will be on display.
Each year, students throughout West Virginia share their artistic abilities and celebrate King's life and legacy by taking part in the contest.
This year's posters focused on one of King's quotations, and teachers were asked to assist students in the development of original slogans used in the posters.
Students had the option of using pencil, crayon, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, serigraph wood block, photography or mixed media in their projects.
Wood's theme for her poster was "He Had a Dream." She used acrylic paint and pencil. Triadelphia Middle School Principal Walt Saunders said earning first place in the contest is quite an achievement.
"Everyone at Triadelphia Middle School is proud of her," he said. "She did a tremendous job in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and we're excited she will be representing Triadelphia Middle School in Charleston."