Congratulations to the 2024 Dream Big finalists!




  • Hanna Acevedo, 11th grade, Dundalk High School
  • Christian Alexander, 11th grade, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • David Arowolo, 9th grade, Eastern Technical High School
  • Isabel “Hunter” Foltz, 6th grade, City Neighbors Charter School
  • Ashanti Nicole Gillis, 10th grade, Towson High School
  • Brendan Newton, 12th grade, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Chinyere Olanna Nwosu, 5th grade, Hamilton Elementary/Middle School
  • Aderayo Sofoluwe, 8th grade, Hamilton Elementary/Middle School


  • Mohamed Cisse, 9th grade, The Community School
  • Mariah Cole, 10th grade, Baltimore City College
  • Kendall Riley Curtis, 10th grade, The Community School
  • Tenzin Dorjee, 6th grade, Catonsville Middle School
  • Makayli Rose Garcia, 8th grade, Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School
  • Ja’kayla Holmes, 9th grade, Western High School
  • Kinsley Potts, 9th grade, Garrison Forest School
  • Jeshua Starghill-Shaka, 12th grade, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Dr. King had an incredible vision built on principles of justice, equity, and love. In honor of his memory, the Lyric asks Baltimore City and Baltimore County students in grades 5th to 12th to create artworks based on their big dream for a better world. Students are eligible to enter the contest with a 300-word essay; a one-page poem; a piece of visual art; or a 60-second edited video.