• MLK Live the Dream contest: winners announced

    By: Karlyn McKell


    Action News Jax is honored to highlight young people in the community living out the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through our annual "MLK Live the Dream" contest. 

    Throughout December, local students were encouraged to submit a 60-second video and application answering the question: What can young people do to bring about social change in their local communities? 

    The winner, Victoria Laws, will cohost the City of Jacksonville's MLK Breakfast with Action News Jax anchor Tenikka Hughes on Jan.12. 

    Victoria is a senior at Robert E. Lee High School who is actively involved in her school and local community, including serving as an ambassador on the Mayors Youth Leadership Council. She has helped organize food and clothing drives, fed the homeless and volunteered with multiple nonprofits including HabiJax and Dreams Come True. In addition, Victoria is the vice president of Student Government Associations, a captain on her varsity cheerleading squad and a member of multiple honor societies and clubs all while being enrolled in Lee High School's early college program. You can watch her video submission here. 

    The first runner up is Jaelyn Guyton, a senior at Yulee High School. He is a leader in his school and local community, helping to launch the first Black Student Union in Nassau County and creating Cultural Awareness Week at Yulee High School. Jaelyn is also a member of National Honors Society, Beta Club, and much more. 

    Grace Freedman is the second runner up. A junior at Ponte Vedra High School, Grace helped to launch JaxTHRIVE: a youth led nonprofit dedicated to educating and mentoring young refugees in Jacksonville. She is also the Co-chair of the annual Teen's Take a Stand Benefit Concert for Sexual Assault, a member of multiple honor societies, and more. 

    The MLK Breakfast celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.  

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