Payson has three of the 24 children from around the state who have won awards in ASU's annual Martin Luther King Jr. poster-essay contest.
The Payson students who won awards were: ninth-graders Melody Morris, first place, and Jordan Plues, second, in the secondary category; and Merlyn York, second-grader, third place for the primary poster category.
They will receive savings bonds and prize ribbons from President Michael Crow at a celebration breakfast Jan. 31 on the Tempe campus. Jack Pfister, former head of the Salt River Project, also will be awarded the university's 2006 Servant Leadership Award.
All the winning posters will be displayed at the event, and four children will read their first-place essays to the group. Also invited to the awards ceremony are their parents and teachers. More than 1,500 children entered the essay contest, each describing someone they know who leads through service to others.
The posters are on display through January in the Tempe campus Memorial Union, East campus Union, West campus Fletcher Library, ASU Downtown campus and the state Capitol. They also have been printed as bookmarks.
Winning essays and posters may be viewed on the Web at http://www.asu.edu/mlk.
The contest categories are primary, grades K-2; intermediate, grades 3-5; middle, grades 6-8; and secondary, grades 9-12.