Aida El-Hajjar ’27, a Middle School student at University School of Milwaukee, won first place in the art contest category, grades 6 through 8, as part of the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. As part of the celebration, students in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to interpret Dr. King's words through art, speech, and writing contests centered around a common theme. This year's theme was Working Toward a World of Peace. The annual event is hosted by the Marcus Performing Arts Center.
El-Hajjar wanted her digital art piece to be a commentary on how we can move forward in our society and find ways to help. “I was inspired by Dr. King’s work and how it still applies in our society today,” she said.
Entries are judged on clarity, creativity, and originality in representing the contest's theme. Participants are invited to attend a birthday celebration event at Marcus Performing Arts Center on Jan. 16, which is free and open to the public.