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Goderwis wins state Martin Luther King Jr. art contest

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Daniel Goderwis, a fifth grader at Mason-Corinth Elementary won first place in the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. art contest. Goderwis, along with his parents, Danny and Sharon Goderwis, and his teacher, Tena Switzer, were special guests at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held in Frankfort celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the event, he met Governor Steven L. Brashear, Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, and Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and had the opportunity to hear special performances and remarks from keynote speakers, Chester and Ann Grundy. “I heard speeches about how Dr. Martin Luther King inspired people. He used his sermons and prayer, because he was a Christian preacher,” Goderwis said.

He has also won second place in his age group in the Duck Stamp art contest first place winner of a contest sponsored by the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA). Goderwis also won the annual conservation art contest.
“It is so appropriate that Daniel should win this award,” Switzer said. “He’s just that kid. Not only is he a super conscientious student himself but he really cares how others feel and how they are treated. This will have a lasting impact on Daniel and Daniel will have a lasting impact on others.”

Goderwis takes art lessons from Mary Lucas in Williamstown.
The MLK State Art Contest was sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission, the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Historical Society.