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May 1, 2019
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 2019 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 Joe K. Longley and TYLA President Sally Pretorius 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 theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” encouraged students to reflect on how today’s society is impacted by freedom of speech and freedom of the press and what role these tenets of our society play in our representative government. 

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. The winning entries, and top photographs and posters can be viewed at

Editorial Contest

  • First Place: Luke Frei, Holland High School, Temple (Bell County Young Lawyers Association)

  • Second Place: Kala Pham, Michael E. DeBakey High School, Houston (Houston Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Surya Dasgupta, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler (Smith County Bar Association)

Photography Contest

  • First Place: Rolando Vera, G.W. Carver Magnet High School, Houston (Houston Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Julie Marie Tift, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio (Bexar County Women’s Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Josiah Sanchez, Mary Carroll High School, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Kindergarten to Second Grade

  • First Place: Adyasha Pradhan, Moore Elementary, Houston (Houston Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Victoria Reza, St. Matthew Catholic School, El Paso (El Paso Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Michael A. Canales, London Elementary School, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Third to Fifth Grade

  • First Place: Heba Badat, Kujawa Elementary, Houston (Houston Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Camilla Miller, Hamshire Fannet, Winne (Jefferson County Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Ariel Falcon, Gloria Hicks Elementary, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Sixth to Eighth Grade

  • First Place: Madison Franklin, W.H. Atwell Law Academy, DeSoto (Dallas Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Meaghan Williams, Grant Middle School, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Adele Bosma, Benold Middle School, Georgetown (Williamson County Bar Association)

Poster Contest — Ninth to Twelfth Grade

  • First Place: Ashton Goebel, Hardin-Jefferson High School, Beaumont (Jefferson County Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Alison Duncan, Incarnate Word Academy, Portland (Corpus Christi Bar Association)

  • Third Place: Kristina Hoskins, Shema Homeschool, Jonestown (Williamson County Bar Association)

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