Daphnie Neal of Tallmadge took second place at the Kent State University at Stark Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives and celebrated during Black History Month activities this month and at Kent State University’s 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance on Jan. 26. Neal was awarded a $75 cash prize. Pictured from left are: Kent State University at Stark Dean Denise A. Seachrist, third-place finisher Tyree Lewis of Canton, second-place finisher Neal and Kent State University at Stark Associate Dean A. Bathi Kasturiarachi.