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Hundreds Of Law Day Posters, Essays Show Students Views Of American Legal System

Susan Andres
Alabama State Bar
Director of Communications
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Montgomery, April 28, 2006 - As the nation celebrates Law Week, Alabama students shared their thoughts on this year's theme of Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers through creative expressions of art or the imagery of the written word. With a record number of 300+ entries, judges of the Alabama State Bar's Law Day 2006 annual competition came away with a vivid impression of what our legal system means to Alabama's youth. Visitors to the bar’s Web site can view all the winning entries at

Over 150 posters and 157 essays were entered by students across the state in this year's Law Day contests. In addition to members of the Alabama State Bar staff and Law Day Committee, celebrity judges this year included Eileen Jones, WSFA-TV; Alvin Benn, Montgomery Advertiser; and WAKA's Stefanie Hicks. Capt. Allan Brock and Capt Laura Hanson, both of the Judge Advocate Group, Maxwell AFB, also helped with the judging.

Montgomery attorneys, Tommy Klinner and Tim Lewis, are co-chairs of the state bar's Law Day 2006 Committee. Winners will be recognized Wednesday, May 3 at a special ceremony to be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Supreme Court of Alabama. Following the presentation of awards, the students and their guests will have a special luncheon at the Alabama State Bar, followed by a tour of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

There are two (2) classifications - grades K-3 and 4-6 for posters and grades 7-9 and 10-12 for essays. Winners in the essay contest receive US 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.

This year's winners include:List of Winners



GRADES 10-12

1st Place

Elaina Plott
Tuscaloosa Academy
Heatherly Whiteside

Nic Powell
Falkville High School
Mr. Marshall Mooney

2nd Place

Wesley Walker
Tuscaloosa Academy
Mrs. Andrea Shelton

Garrett Henderson
Lakeside School
Mrs. Frankie Speake

3rd Place

Parker Leonard
Tuscaloosa Academy
Heatherly Whiteside

Nick Givens
Wilson High School
Mrs. Kenda Rusevlyan




1st Place

Dakota Coleman
Evergreen Elementary
Mrs. Duke

Bobby Hannah
The Lakeside School
Karen Johnston

2nd Place

Amber Varner
G. W. Carver

Casie Herbert
Dalraida Elementary
Ms. Teri Gisi

3rd Place

Megan Cummings
Arcadia Elementary
Mrs. Nemmers

Mary Beth Mulkey
Bear Exploration Center
Kris White


Winning Schools



1. Falkville High School
2. Tuscaloosa Academy
3. Lakeside School
4. Wilson High School
5. Evergreen Elementary
6. George Washington Carver Elementary
7. Arcadia Elementary
8. Dalraida Elementary
9. Bear Exploration Center