Law Day Essay Contest Winners

Posted Date: 4/17/2018

2018 Missouri NEA/Missouri Bar 
Law Day Essay contest winners

The Missouri NEA Public Relations Committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section co-sponsored the annual Law Day Essay Contest. Students were asked to respond to the following essay prompts:

Grades 9-12: The Framers of the Constitution created a system of government with three distinct and independent branches – the legislative (Congress), the executive (the President and all of his cabinets and departments), and the judicial (the courts). These three branches share power and each power serves as check on the others. Why was this system important to the Framers? Do you think this is still an effective system of government? Why or why not?

Grades 4-8: 
When the Framers (the Men who wrote the Constitution) came up with what they thought would be a fair system of government, they felt strongly that the power to govern should be shared among three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. They also thought each branch should be able to check the power of the other branches. Name some of the powers each branch has. Name some ways the branches check on each other’s powers. Why do you think the Framers came up with this system?

First-place winners receive $300, second-place winners receive $200, and third-place winners receive $150 from the Missouri Bar.

Certificates of recognition for all students who wrote essays for the contest are available online. Just download the pdf file, and copy the certificate to the paper of your choice. (Law Day Essay Certificates)

The Missouri Bar selects the top three winners in each category. For more information about the Law Day Essay Contest, contact Becky Dodds at (573) 644-9606.

State-level winners received awards at a banquet in Jefferson City Monday, April 16, 2018. 

 Winners (Grades 4-5)



1st Place 
Louisa Blackmoore
Clayton School District
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2nd Place 
Audrey Dallape, 
Pattonville School District
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3rd Place 
Daniel Clifford, 
Pattonville School District
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Winners (Grades 6-8)


1st Place 
Emily Bennett, 
Camdenton R-III School District
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2nd Place 
Jaydan Farrell, 
Camdenton R-III School District
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3rd Place 
Isabella DeFranco, 
Camdenton R-III School District

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Winners (Grades 9-12)


1st Place

Catryn Cattoor,
Jefferson R-7 School District
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2nd Place 

Andy Bernatow, 
Jefferson R-7 School District
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3rd Place 

Melisa Kafedzic, 
Bayless School District

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