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Metro Bank and Harrisburg School District Announce MLK Essay Contest Winners

HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 18, 2014)-- Today, Metro Bank and the Harrisburg School District announced the winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. Metro Bank sponsored the contest this winter to support education in Harrisburg while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students were asked to write an essay that explained one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most famous quotes, "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way," and describe how the quote relates to their lives, community, city and school. More than 250 essays were submitted. Overall, 12 winners were selected; six from grades 7-8 and six from grades 9-12.

Grades 9-12 winners:

Grades 7-8 winners:

Essays were judged by a committee of business professionals on a series of criteria, including focus and ability to communicate clearly, content and clear and concise thought process, style and conventions and creativity.

"There were many great essays, making the selection process a difficult one," said Metro Bank Downtown Store Operations Manager Eric Inzana. "It became clear while reading the essays that the community service philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lives on in the youth of Harrisburg."

Each winner was surprised in his or her classroom by Metro Bank and the Bank’s mascot Metro Man as well as Harrisburg School District representatives. Essay winners represented the Math/Science Academy, John Harris High School, Cougar Academy and SciTech High School.

About Metro Bank

Metro Bank, subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR), is a financial services retailer with 33 stores in the counties of Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Headquartered in Harrisburg, the bank's services include seven-day banking, free checking, instant-issue Visa debit card, free customer coin-counting machines, free online banking and 24/7 live customer service. The bank also offers commercial banking services including term loans, commercial mortgages, lines of credit and cash management services. For more information about Metro Bank, visit

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