State Bar Student Essay Contest

 

2014 State Bar Student Essay Contest


2014 State Bar Student Essay Contest


The State Bar Student Essay Contest is an annual contest for New Mexico high school students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Written each year by a lawyer, the topic deals with a relevant legal issue targeted to students. Essays, judged by a panel of lawyers, judges, State Bar staff, and educators, will be evaluated according to content, originality, writing skills, and a public school essay scoring rubric. A panel of sitting judges will evaluate the finalist essays, picking three winners. Winners receive their awards at the annual Albuquerque Bar Association Law Day Luncheon.


This year’s assignment is entitled American Democracy and the Rule of the Law: Why Every Vote Counts, which toys with lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 16 years of age.

 

Prizes sponsored by the  Modrall Law Firm

      • First Place: $1,000
      • Second Place: $750
      • Third Place: $500
      • Plus: $500 award to the teacher of the first place winner

For more information contact:

Evann Kleinschmidt, ekleinschmidt@nmbar.org, 505-797-6087.

Deadline was 5 p.m., March 3, 2014

 

 

Past Winners

 

2013


First Place – Micaela de la Rosa, Centennial High School, Las Cruces, N.M. (Teacher Joel Hutchinson)

Second Place - Ruaidhrí Crofton, West Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas, N.M. (Teacher Carmen Baca)

Third Place – Ronald Davis III, Oñate High School, Las Cruces, N.M. (Teacher Dr. Anne Foltz)

2012

1st Place: Bryce Newcomer, Oñate High School, Las Cruces (Teacher Joel Hutchinson)

2nd Place: Catherine Cook, Oñate High School, Las Cruces (Teacher Joel Hutchinson)

3rd Place: Jennifer Romero, Oñate High School, Las Cruces (Teacher Joel Hutchinson)

2011

1st Place: Caitlin Stone, Valley High School, Albuquerque (Teacher David Callison)

2nd Place: Kathryn Martinez, Oñate High School, Las Cruces (Teacher Joel Hutchinson)

3rd Place: Melecio Perea, West Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas (Teacher Carmen Baca)

2010

1st Place: Jordan Pruett, Onate High School, Las Cruces (Teacher Dr. Anne Burke-Foltz)

2nd Place: Ellen Rabin, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos (Teacher Brian Easton)

3rd Place: James Billingham, Valley High School, Albuquerque (Teacher Anne Young)

2009


1st Place: Kayla Jones, Valley Christian Academy, Roswell (Teacher Maelisa Rydholm)

2nd Place: Kendra Poole, Valley High School, Albuquerque (Teacher Anne Young)

3rd Place: Sarah Zager, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque (Teacher Sonia Roth)

2008

First Place: Luke Holmen, Valley High School, Albuquerque
2nd Place: Chris Ellefson, Gallup Catholic High School, Gallup
3rd Place: Jamie Lee Mathis, West Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas

2007

First Place: Mark Macaron II, Evangel Christian Academy, Albuquerque
Second Place: Vera Jo Bustos, West Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas
Third Place: Daniel Aguilar, Capital High School, Santa Fe

2006

First Place: Daniel Aguilar, Capital High School, Santa Fe
Second Place: Lowell Karr, Albuquerque Academy
Third Place: Marissa Ham, Hot Springs High School, Truth or Consequences

2005

First Place: Darshan Patel, Albuquerque Academy
Second Place: Kristian Macaron, Evangel Christian Academy, Albuquerque
Third Place: Jessica Carlisle, Aztec High School, Aztec