ML King Day celebrated at GHHS with flashmob speech

When Grand Haven High School students stood up on chairs and recited a speech during the school's first lunch hour Monday, their classmates didn't know what to think. "By third lunch, they got a standing ovation,' said history teacher Erik Bye.
Becky Vargo
Jan 17, 2012


The students from Rita McClary’s advanced drama class surprised their classmates with a flashmob-style performance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on poverty, Bye said. This was just one of the activities planned on the federal holiday honoring the civil rights activist.

“Reciting Martin Luther King’s words is not the easiest task to do,” said Bye, who chaired the day’s events. “(The kids) were absolutely amazing.”

Bye said the drama students had only a couple of weeks to memorize their parts of the speech, once they came up with the flashmob idea.

“Last year, we did the contest,” he said. “This year, we wanted to expand on it.”

The contest involves students submitting entries in poster, painting and song categories. This year’s theme was “Fight Poverty.”

Lindsey Bronold took first place in the poster category; Molly LaBeff’s painting took first place; and Katie McCarthy won first place for her song, “Everything.”

A video on King’s fight on poverty, which included pictures and statistics on the poverty issues in the Grand Haven area, was shown in all third-period classes. The video was created by Bye and fellow history teacher Mary Jane Evink.

Some kids at lunch ignored the presentation, Bye said.

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Contests and self congratulating. Brilliant focus


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