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April 23, 2010

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Students from Across Texas Travel to Austin for Law Day Awards Presentation by the State Bar of Texas

AUSTIN – Students from kindergarten through high school will be in Austin Friday, April 30 to be presented awards for their winning entries in the annual Law Day editorial, photography and poster contest.

The presentation will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 30, at the Texas Law Center, 1414 Colorado St., Austin.

"Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges" is the national Law Day theme this year. Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to challenge students to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives, and to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy.

State Bar President Roland K. Johnson of Fort Worth and President-elect Terry Tottenham of Austin will present the awards, with prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000.

The winning entries statewide, selected from those submitted by local area bar associations, include:

Editorial Contest Grades 9-12

1st Place – Rome Gonsoulin, Kelly High School, submitted by Jefferson County Bar Association
2nd Place – Daniel T. Crotty, Temple High School, submitted by Bell County Bar Association
3rd Place (tie) – Michael Stirneman, Jacksonville High School, submitted by Cherokee Co. Bar Association
3rd Place (tie) – Joshua Taylor, Harlingen High School, submitted by Cameron County Bar Association
3rd Place (tie) –Robert Terrell, Alice High School, submitted by Coastal Bend Bar Association

Photography Contest Ages 12-18

1st Place – Leslie Harris, Central Texas Christian School, submitted by Bell County Bar Association
2nd Place – Perla Chavez, Spruce High School, submitted by Dallas Bar Association
3rd Place – Kori Mann, Mary Carroll High School, submitted by Corpus Christi Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades K-2

1st Place – Ramsey Grace Ruffeno, St. Anne's Catholic School, submitted by Houston Bar Association
2nd Place – Emily Cochran, Galindo Elementary School, submitted by Austin Bar Association
3rd Place – Gabriel Bosen, Seagoville Elementary School, submitted by Dallas Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 3-5

1st Place – Savannah Blanton, Windsor Park Elementary, submitted by Corpus Christi Bar Association
2nd Place – Marcus Lambert, St. Anne's Catholic School, submitted by Jefferson County Bar Association
3rd Place – Nicolas Munoz, Galindo Elementary School, submitted by Austin Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 6-8

1st Place – Aylin Gonzalez, Woodland Acres Middle School, submitted by Houston Bar Association
2nd Place – Dana Vital, Memorial Intermediate School, submitted by Coastal Bend Bar Association
3rd Place – Ana Lopez, Coakley Middle School, submitted by Cameron County Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 9-12

1st Place – Brady Dietz, Hamshire Fannett High School, submitted by Jefferson County Bar Association
2nd Place – Sergio Ceniceros, Harlingen High School, submitted by Cameron County Bar Association

Winning entries will be on display. The State Bar also will present awards to the winners of the Bar's third annual YouTube contest on the importance of the legal system. Following the awards presentation, award winners and their guests will be treated to lunch and a tour of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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