Pavel Bailey, a twelfth grade student of Forest Heights Academy, placed third in the country in the United States Embassy’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest.
The US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Lisa A. Johnson said that for the past nine years the Embassy has sponsored the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest during Black History Month.
“Part of the point of the contest is to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and what he lived to promote, which was equality regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, disability and citizenship,” she said.
This year’s topic was “What does equality and human rights mean to you and how would you promote equality and human rights in your community and the Bahamas”.
She said it was a nationwide contest and this year there were over 100 entries with Pavel Bailey achieving third place in the judging.
Pavel Bailey said “I am shocked that I was able to place among such a group of competitors.” He added “I am proud of my accomplishment and would like to thank the people who helped me out – my mother, my teachers.”
He was presented with a certificate and the prize of an Apple iPad.