Eleventh grade Law Day Essay Contest winner, Bryn Carriker, will be recognized Judge David Urbom and McCook attorney Stan Goodwin who is Vice President Bar Foundation during a classroom party at McCook High School beginning at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
The Law Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, asked participants to select their favorite patriotic symbol, song, holiday or activity and tell how it contributes to the development of better citizens. Carriker chose the picture of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. In her essay, she states, “Clearly, the flag raising on Iwo Jima will always be remembered. We shall never forget the sacrifice of the lives of soldiers. Because of them, we are able to go to school, work at a job, and do many other things without any major difficulties. Next time you try to take something for granted, stop yourself. Take the time to write or visit veterans that are often overlooked and thank them for their service. You never know what may surprise you.”
Goodwin and Judge Urbom will present Carriker with a $100 gift card from Cornhusker Bank of Lincoln, a personalized portfolio and a certificate of achievement award. Her classroom party is included in the award presentation and held under the direction of sponsoring teacher, Richard Smock.
The question offered is in keeping with the Foundation's 2013 Law-Related Education theme, "Civic Education - Keeping Our Democracy Alive." One winner from each grade level was selected from high school entrants statewide. Carriker was the top essayist at the Junior level.
Law Day is traditionally celebrated nationwide during the week of May 1 and is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the United States and to recognize its importance for society.
All contest entries were scored by a volunteer panel of Nebraska lawyers and judges who are members of the Public Education Outreach Promoting the Law & Equity (PEOPLE) Committee. The purpose of the committee is to help judges, foundation members and volunteer personnel develop skills in public outreach, community collaboration, community leadership, and public service.
** please note: If the school permits photos, the class party might be great location for pictures. Contact the school or Janet Bancroft if you are interested.