SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Office to Education has announced winners of the state’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay and video contest.

Secondary school students from throughout the state are annually invited to submit essay or video entries based on civil rights themes to the contest, which is judged by volunteers from the Utah State Office of Education and school districts.

Essay and video contest winners for each grade level win $50, though the overall junior high (grades seven through nine) and senior high school (grades 10-12) winners earn $150.

The 2014 essay grand prize winners are: Bennett Kieffer, senior, Wasatch High School, Heber City; and Rebecca Doud, ninth-grader, North Layton Junior High, Layton.

The 2014 essay individual grade winners are: Bethany Allred, seventh-grader, North Davis Preparatory Academy, Layton; Haylee Tuttle, eighth-grader, Vista Heights Middle School, Saratoga Springs; Joey Mancini, sophomore, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City; and Deanna Nguyen, junior, Corner Canyon High School, Draper.

The 2014 video grand prize winners are: Davis Johnson, Connor Kleinman and Alex Sutherland, seniors at Woods Cross High School, Woods Cross; and Sara Ortiz, ninth-grader, Logan High School, Logan.

The 2014 video individual grade winners are: Sadie Stone, Derek Fratto and Renae Bolander, seventh-graders, American Leadership Academy, Spanish Fork; Kaden Murri, eighth-grader, Syracuse Arts Academy, Syracuse; Madeline Cornell, sophomore, Woods Cross High; and Jared Sagae, junior, Corner Canyon High.

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