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2012 Law Day Competition Winners Announced;
Schools In B’ham, Montgomery, Phenix City Sweep 3 Categories

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Montgomery, Alabama, April 17, 2012 – As the nation prepares to celebrate Law Day, May 1st a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law, the Alabama State Bar has announced the winners of this year’s Law Day competition for both primary and secondary school students.
   
State Bar President James R. Pratt, III, Birmingham (Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP) said, "We received 438 entries from students throughout the state that explored the historical and contemporary role of the courts. Through essays, designing social media content or through art displays, the students gave voice to this year’s national Law Day theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”
   
For the first time since the competition began, three schools swept 1st,2nd and 3rd place in the Posters (K-3), Twitter and Facebook categories. Respectively, they are Advent Episcopal School, Birmingham; Central High School, Phenix City and Brewbaker Technology Magnet School, Montgomery.
   
Pratt noted that severe budget cuts faced by the court system ultimately touches every person, every business and every community in Alabama. “I cannot think of a more relevant theme given today’s climate. “It certainly gives us an opportunity to give special recognition to our courts, and understand their position as keepers of justice and the rights of the American people.” 
  
In the past, the competition was limited to using posters and essays to creatively interpret the theme. However, the competition now includes categories focusing on the use of social media. Students were encouraged to design a theoretical Facebook page illustrating the role of the courts as the third branch of government or “Tweet” about the historical role the courts have played in society.

This year’s participants had to make the connection between the rule of law, the need for an independent judicial system, and how all of these fundamental American principles affect our citizens’ daily lives. “In my opinion, this is an excellent way for these students to learn about the importance of being engaged citizens and why our courts are so important, he said."
   
Winners will be recognized Tuesday, May 1st at a special ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Alabama Supreme Court. Following the presentation of awards by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Chuck Malone, students and their guests will be treated to a special luncheon at the State Bar Center.

The poster and essay contests are divided into two categories – grades K-6 for posters; grades 7-12 for essays. Winners in the essay and social media categories receive U.S. Savings Bonds in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100 respectively; winners in the poster contest receive bonds in the amounts of $125, $100 and $75.

All winners receive engraved gold medals and award certificates. Schools of all winners receive certificates and teachers of the winners receive a $25 contribution per award for use in their classrooms.

Judges for the contest were: Law Day Committee Co-chairs Pam Slate, Montgomery (Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black PC) and Chad Stewart, Montgomery (Beasley Allen Methvin Crow Portis & Miles PC); Tommy Klinner, Montgomery (Ala. Dept. of Mental Health & Retardation); Tim Lewis, director, state Law Library; Craig Baab, Montgomery (Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc.); Alvin Benn, columnist, The Montgomery Advertiser and three assistant General Counsels, Jeremy McIntire, Robby Lusk and Mark Moody, Office of the General Counsel, Alabama State Bar.

The 17,000-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.

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List of Winners

ESSAYS

GRADES 7-9

GRADES 10-12

1st Place

Brady Unziker
S. Girard School/Phenix City
Teacher: Mrs. Kim Jones

Read Mills
Spain Park High School/Hoover
Teacher: Mrs. Libby Day

2nd Place

Hayden Desmond
Hilltop Montessori School/B’ham        
Teacher: Mrs. Sherry Cook

Dannielle Thompson
B.T. Washington Magnet/Montg.
Teacher: Dr. DeShannon McDonald

3rd Place

Starlaina Graham
Central High School/Phenix City
Teacher: Mrs. Barbara Romey

Jarmine Bolden
Spain Park High School/Hoover
Teacher: Mrs. Libby Day

POSTERS

GRADES K-3

GRADES 4-6

1st Place

Sasha Foreman
Advent Episcopal School/B’ham
Teacher: Mrs. Lee Stayer

Nicholas Fitzgerald
Baldwin Magnet School/Montg.
Teacher: Mrs. Martha Sikes

2nd Place

Lily Geisen
Advent Episcopal School/B’ham
Teacher: Mrs. Lee Stayer

Simon Jeon
Baldwin Magnet School/Montg.
Teacher: Mrs. Martha Sikes

3rd Place

Simms Berdy
Advent Episcopal School/B’ham
Teacher: Mrs. Lee Stayer

Madison Foshee
Bear Exploration Ctr/Montgomery
Teacher: Mrs. Lindsey Norred

SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA - FACEBOOK

SOCIAL MEDIA - TWITTER

1st Place

Ashley Biggs
Brewbaker Tech. Magnet/Montg.
Teacher: Mrs. Sonya Keeton

Paul Waldrop
Central High School/Phenix City
Teacher: Mrs. Barbara Romey

2nd Place

Monica Sarabia
Brewbaker Tech. Magnet/Montg.
Teacher: Mrs. Sonya Keeton

Nick Jackson
Central High School/Phenix City
Teacher: Mrs. Barbara Romey

3rd Place

Alwaleed Alzahrani
Brewbaker Tech. Magnet/Montg.
Teacher: Mrs. Sonya Keeton

Mary Jenkins
Central High School/Phenix City
Teacher: Mrs. Barbara Romey