2021 Martin Luther King, Jr., Virtual Diversity Celebration
"Plano ISD Celebrating Together"
This year marks the 34th year for Plano ISD's annual tribute event celebrating the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the diverse Plano ISD community. The 2021 event will be held as a weeklong virtual celebration that will include engaging content that highlights the winners of the student writing contest, Plano ISD's 2020 Teachers of the Year, the Diversity Leadership Award nominees and winners, top artwork selected from the student art contest, a collaborative performance from speech students, musical and dance performances and much more.
Event Committee Chairman Emeritus Dr. Myrtle Hightower
Demond Wilson, Keynote Speaker - "Stronger Together"
Clark High School Dance
Dance performance by Clark High School dance students under the direction of Clark High School Dance and Drill Team Director Kara Rogers and Assistant Director Allyson Wallace. Dancers perform to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Performers are:
- Captain Nicole Hutchinson
- First Lieutenant Lindsey Willmann
- Lieutenant Kim Torten Rabinowitz
- Lieutenant Reese McDonald
- Lieutenant Cassandra Lopez
Murphy Middle School Orchestra
The Murphy Middle School Symphony Orchestra performs Memories by Maroon 5 featuring Pachelbel. The orchestra is under the direction of Murphy Band Director Brian Henson.
Plano West Senior High Dance Company
The Plano West Senior High School dance company students Ana Atencio Bustamante, dance company captain, and Cassidy Williams, dance company co-captain, performed and choreographed their performance to Light by Sleeping at Last under the direction of Plano West Dance Director Chloe Hills.
Speech: Collaborative Performance
"Stronger Together" is a student speech collaborative performance under the direction of Plano Senior High Speech Teacher Stef Cambra,
Student participants are Isabelle Azmoodeh, Plano Senior High; Julia Lin,Plano Senior High; Nayla Morshed, Vines High School; Duncan South, Plano Senior High; and Kate Tucker, Clark High School.
Grand Finale: Plano Senior High Choir & Dance
Event Finale - Together
We hope you enjoyed the week-long virtual event honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and our community's rich diversity. We also thank all those who made the event possible.
This musical finale video features the Plano Senior High School choir and dance students, under the direction of Danny Lozano and Clorese Porter, performing Together, written by Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson and Kirk Franklin.
Recognition of Diversity Leadership Nominees and Winners
In this event video, Brad Roth, 2020-21 Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee Chair, has the honor of recognizing the 2021 Diversity Leadership Award nominees and winners.
Each year, this prestigious award program works to honor not only the great leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also the many truly inspiring leaders in our own community. This award is coordinated annually by the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee to recognize community members, staff and students who have shown leadership and commitment in fostering and promoting harmony, respect, acceptance and understanding among the beautifully diverse cultures within this community. Congratulations to the winners and nominees.
- 2021 Community Diversity Leadership Award winners: Sonja Brock and Chris Utley
- 2021 Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award winner: Brian Lyons
- 2021 Plano ISD Student Diversity Leadership Award winner: Tanaz Muhamed
MLK Kick-Off, Board President Tammy Richards
Elementary Teacher of the Year: Jacqueline Rosenquist
Plano ISD 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year is Jacqueline Rosenquist, Hughston Elementary fifth grade teacher. "knowing about diversity at such a young age allows you to learn about perspective. We have students of different backgrounds, languages, cultures and that's something to embrace."
Welcome, Superintendent Sara Bonser
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jonathan Cao
Plano ISD 2020 Secondary Teacher of the Year is Jonathan Cao is Band Director Vines High School. "Diversity is valued in our community. In our classroom diversity is celebrated in that every student's story is valued no matter where they come from. Our students learn everyday in band that the things that make us different are precisely the things that contribute to the feel and success of our group."