May 1, 2017
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

State Bar of Texas presents Law Day awards to Texas students

AUSTIN — Students from across the state took home awards today as winners of the 2017 Law Day contest, an annual competition hosted by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) that invites Texas students to submit essays, photographs, and posters that celebrate the rule of law.

State Bar President Frank Stevenson and TYLA President Sam Houston presented the awards to the students at the Texas Law Center. The winners also were honored by their local bar associations before advancing to the statewide competition.

This year’s national Law Day theme was The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. The 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation. With its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses, it is also inspiration for those who advocate for equal justice under law. Law Day 2017 encouraged students across the state to ponder the various ways the amendment shaped American law and society.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 to challenge Americans to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a democracy.

The contest winners, their schools, and the organizations that nominated them appear below. (Photos of the winning poster and photography entries are available upon request).

Editorial Contest
• First Place: Jun-Yong Kim, Seven Lakes High School (Katy Bar Association)
• Second Place: Brandon Smith, West Brook High School (Jefferson County Bar Association)
• Third Place: Andie Harding, Whitehouse High School (Smith County Bar Association)

Photography Contest
• First Place: Dakota Barnett, Carver Magnet High School (Houston Bar Association)
• Second Place: Alicia Deleon, L.G. Pinkston High School (Dallas Bar Association)
• Third Place: Emily Valadez, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Bexar County Women’s Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Kindergarten to Second Grade
• First Place: Graham Jenkins, Orangefield Elementary (Jefferson County Bar Association)
• Second Place: Antanee White, R.C. Burleson (Dallas Bar Association)
• Third Place: Anaeli Adame, Mitzi Bond Elementary School (El Paso Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Third to Fifth Grade
• First Place: Deysi Gaona, T.J. Austin Elementary (Smith County Bar Association)
• Second Place: Kennedy Lambert, St. Anne’s Catholic School (Jefferson County Bar Association)
• Third Place: Yaeisshya Ciudad, Meador Elementary (Houston Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Sixth to Eighth Grade
• First Place: Madison Franklin, W.H. Atwell (Dallas Bar Association)
• Second Place: Rebecca R. Canales, London I.S.D. (Corpus Christi Bar Association)
• Third Place: Razan Mishref, O’Donnell Middle School (Houston Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Ninth to 12th Grade
• First Place: Joelle MacDonald, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Bexar County Women’s Bar Association)
• Second Place: Ramon Almanza, Moody High School (Corpus Christi Bar Association)
• Third Place: Kristina Hoskins, Shema Homeschool (Williamson County Bar Association)

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