One Gainesville resident and student from Georgia Cyber Academy was honored for her winning entry in the 2014 Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest.
Rachel Green, a 10th-grader at GCA, was honored during a recognition ceremony May 8 at the Heritage Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Green’s poem was one of 26 selected as a winning entry from nearly 2,000 submissions from students in Georgia, California, Mexico and China. During the celebratory event, Green read her poem aloud and watched as a bronze plaque engraved with her “Message of Peace” was unveiled in the World Peace Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors Center in Atlanta. The plaques will be on display for a year.
This is GCA’s fourth consecutive year participating in the Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest, with more than 100 submissions from the online school’s students.
The International World Peace Rose Gardens program is a worldwide effort to help youth recognize the importance and value of peace.
The Martin Luther King Jr. World Peace Rose Garden was planted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992. The Atlanta garden is one of five major World Peace Rose Gardens established around the world.