Panera MLK contest winners

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Panera in Shadyside, located on Centre Avenue, held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Essay Contest  on Jan 18. Panera  invited family, friends and teachers to the affair.

Each person attending the event was presented with a gift in addition to breakfast and the presentations that included the top three entries from their authors.

“On behalf of Panera Bread, I’d like to congratulate you on your selection as an honoree in the Panera Bread: 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest,” said K. Chase Patterson, president and CEO, Corporate Diversity Associates LLC.

“The review committee has thoroughly enjoyed reading the many entries and has been very challenged in narrowing down the submissions to our top three winners and honorable mentions.”

The Panera Bread: 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest winners were: 1st Place: Jeremiah K. Hardy—“Direct Affect,” 10th Grade, Pittsburgh CAPA.

2nd Place: Jessica List— “Color Blind,” 12th Grade, Gateway High School

3rd Place: Tyler Smal— “To Reflect on Those Words,” 12th Grade,  Canon McMillian.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Gemaica Mitchell—11th Grade, Pittsburgh Carrick; Henry Hansen—9th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice; Laura Trozzo—9th Grade, Gateway High School: Mackenzie Reed—9th Grade, Gateway High School; Jaymese McGhee—8th Grade, Pittsburgh Obama; Ethan Herman —8th Grade, Pittsburgh Obama; Ke’Aira Henderson—7th Grade, Pittsburgh Obama; Zion Harris—7th Grade, Pittsburgh Obama.

Panera Bread thanks each outstanding student for their hard work and dedication to honoring the legacy of an American Treasure,  Dr. King. We have accomplished much since Dr. King’s death, and so many of those great strides are a result of the passion and energy that students like you generate in your parents, teachers, and communities,” said a statement from Panera.

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