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Hundreds of Dane County students recognized at MLK event

MADISON (WKOW) — 250 middle and high school students were awarded for their outstanding work Sunday at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Breakfast.

This was the 35th year the Outstanding Young Person awards were given out. The ceremony was at Edgewood High School.

The students being recognized are from nearly every school in Dane County.

One student who has gotten the award three times says she works hard all year round.

“It was a struggle but it was worth it. I get good grades, I work the hardest like every other student. Getting rewarded for that feels really good,” said Copper Daniel, from Madison Memorial High School.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes were there to help honor this year’s award winners.

MLK Day events in the Madison area continue on Monday, the observance of the holiday in memory of Dr. King.

A faith-based gathering begins at 9 a.m. at First Congregational Church at the corner of Old University Ave and Breese Terrace. There will be a day of workshops and service projects to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King and to bring people of all faiths together in his memory. It’s put on by First Congregational UCC, Beth Israel Center, Madinah Academy of Madison and Madison Christian Community. It runs until 2:30 p.m.

At noon, the annual state celebration will be held in the state Capitol Rotunda. The MLK Tribute & Ceremony is free and open to the public with limited seating and standing. People throughout Wisconsin can listen live on all WPR stations and on It will also air live on WPT. Rita Coburn Whack will deliver the keynote address.

The city-county observance begins at 5 p.m. at Overture Center. The 34th annual King Holiday Observance starts with Freedom Songs at 5 and a program at 6 p.m. The keynote speech will be from Cheryl Brown Henderson. The event is hosted by the King Coalition, which organizes the city of Madison and Dane County observance every year.

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