MNEA Public Relations Committee announces winners in statewide Law Day Essay contest

The Missouri NEA Public Relations Committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Section co-sponsored the annual Law Day Essay Contest. The contest’s theme is: 50 Years of Voting Rights. Students responded to the following prompt:

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be 50 years old in 2015. Voting has been an important activity throughout the history of the United States, but some groups, such as African-Americans, women, and Native Americans, were once excluded. Why is voting so important to this country, and how can we make everyone realize how important it is to vote?

First-place winners received prizes of $300, second-place winners received prizes of $200 and third-place winners received prizes of $150 from the Missouri Bar. Winners also received framed certificates.

Heike Janis, Ferguson-Florissant NEA member and MNEA Communications and Media Advisory Committee member, served as regional judging coordinator for the event.

There were 297 entries for the 2015 Law Day Essay Contest. Of those, 36 finalists were chosen to move on to state competition. State-level winners receive awards at a banquet in Jefferson City in May. 

The 36 finalists are:

Grades 4-5

Clair Bellows, Immaculate Conception, Union, MO
Jaxin Akins, Hickory County R-IV, Hermitage MO
Evan Scott, Hickory County R-IV, Hermitage, MO
Garrett Peterson, Hickory County R-IV, Hermitage, MO
Faith Black, Laclede County RI, Conway, MO
Alivia Poudzunas, Riverview Gardens, St. Louis, MO
Deona Timms, Riverview Gardens, St. Louis, MO
Clayton Hahs, Fox C-6, Imperial, MO
Jenna Frank, Fox C-6, Imperial, MO
Helena Manczuk, Fox C-6, Imperial, MO
Jacob Hampton, Fox C-6, Imperial, MO
Addison McDowell, Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO


1st Place 
Addison McDowell, Rockwood School District

2nd Place 
Jenna Frank, Fox C-6 School District

3rd Place 
Deona Timms, Riverview Gardens School District

Grades 6-8


Lenore Sayer, Rockwood School District, Fenton, MO
Savannah Victor, Oak Hill R-1, Salem, MO
Ellen Resek, Rockwood School District, Ellisville, MO
Ryan Xu, Springfield R-12, Springfield, MO
Erin Mach, Springfield R-12, Springfield, MO
Sai Vuda, Springfield R-12, Springfield, MO
Dylan Ringer, Springfield R-12, Springfield, MO
Gracie Jones, Republic School District, Republic, MO
Elizabeth Parrish, Jefferson R-VII, Festus, MO
Max Dougan, Jefferson R-VII, Festus, MO
Alyssa Parrish, St. Paul Lutheran, Stover, MO
Josh Brotherton, St. Paul Lutheran, Stover, MO


1st Place 
Erin Mach, Springfield R-12 School District

2nd Place 
Ellen Baker Resek, Rockwood School District

3rd Place 
Gracie Jones, Republic School District

Grades 9-12
Kristen Reese, Jefferson County, Festus, MO
Clara Nees, Jefferson County, Festus, MO
Allison Griffard, Jefferson County, Festus, MO
Adam Warren, Macon School District, Macon, MO
Halena Hadi, Springfield R-12, Springfield, MO
Stanley Janesko, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, MO
Jarrod Griffin, Nixa Public Schools, Nixa, MO
Kaitlynn King, Gasconade County R2, Owensville, MO
Hanna Gregory, Pettis County R-V, Hughesville, MO
Ashton Hendren, North Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Sehreen Khan, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, MO
Cecil Terrell, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, MO


1st Place 
Sehreen Khan, Hickman Mills School District

2nd Place 
Stanley Janesko, Hickman Mills School District

3rd Place 
Halena Hadi, Springfield School District


Posted Date: 4/15/2015
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