Heights Essay Winner Challenges Community to Take ‘Step of Faith’

The words of Martin Luther King Jr. were the inspiration of the Bloom High School student’s winning essay.

Chicago Heights 2014 MLK essay winner Valeria Lopez | Credit: Mary Compton
Chicago Heights 2014 MLK essay winner Valeria Lopez | Credit: Mary Compton

Two Bloom High School students were recognized during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration as winners of the 2014 Foster Peace and Good Will in Our Community high school essay contest.

“This theme was chosen because of King’s legacy of being a warrior for peace,” Chicago Heights City Clerk Lori Wilcox said.

Taking first place was Bloom senior Valeria Lopez for her essay Using Lessons from the Past To Brighten the Future. In it, she poses the very challenging question, “What excuse do we have for not fixing out community?”

“In his famous I Have a Dream speech, King stated, ‘Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step,’" Lopez wrote. “I think that it’s about time that this community, as a whole, takes that step of faith.”

The runner up was Lisa Rodriguez and her essay titled Mihi Somnium, which is Latin for “I Have a Dream.” 

Want to take a look for yourself? Both of the winning essays are posted online at the links below:


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