Special to The Sun
Eleven Edmond-area students won awards in the recent statewide Law Day art and writing contests sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Natalie Evans, a 12th-grader at Edmond Memorial High School, received this year’s grand prize and $500 for her essay, “The Rule of Law.”
Landon Hester, from Edmond Memorial High School, won first place and $100 in the 12th-grader writing contest. Finnian Bender, also from Memorial, took first place and $100 in the 11th-grade art contest. Taking first place and $50 in the writing contests for their grade were St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School seventh-grader Haley Callegan and Frontier Elementary School fifth-grader Lexi Robinson and third-grader Morris Chi.
Tyler Robison of Edmond Memorial High School won second place and $50 in the 12th-grade writing contest. Taking second place and $25 in the art contests for their grade were St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School seventh-grader Cailin Harrington and sixth-grader Abigail Miles. Taking second place and $25 in the writing contests for their grade were Frontier Elementary third-grader Zack Duck and second-grader Kate Morrison.
Evans, Hester, Callegan, Robinson and Chi, along with other first-place winners, recently attended a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol where they received their awards from Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert.
“These contests encourage students to think critically and creatively about the role of the legal system in our society,” said OBA President Renée DeMoss. “We not only want them to express themselves, but to start thinking about how the law works in their everyday lives. Once again, students across the state have demonstrated their intelligence, talent and understanding of the legal system.”
Contests offered were coloring, art and writing. More than 1,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade entered this year’s Law Day contests, themed “Democracy and You.”
Law Day, a nationwide event designated by the U.S. Congress in 1958, is celebrated annually with events on or around May 1 to raise public awareness of American law. The idea for Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and Oklahoma Bar Association past president.
Annual Law Day events include contests for children, a statewide hotline for free legal advice and an hour-long informational TV show, which airs on public television.
The 17,500-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community.