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The SC Bar Senior Lawyers Division congratulates the following statewide winners of its 2018 Law Day Essay Contest:

  • Georgia Price, overall winning essay (Spartanburg High School)
  • Ava Nguyen, 9th grade winning essay (Spartanburg County Early College High School)
  • Kylan S. Hayes, 10th grade winning essay (Paul M. Dorman High School)
  • Kalika Bridwell, 11th grade winning essay (James F. Byrnes High School)
  • Seth Banister, 12th grade winning essay (James F. Byrnes High School)
  • Isabella Neubauer, 12th grade winning essay (The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences)

The 2018 theme was Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Students from grades 9 to 12 were asked to write a 1,000 word essay to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our government system is working for ourselves and our posterity. The overall winning essay, written by Price, is titled “The Separation of Powers and its Importance in American Government: A Step-up From an Elementary School Recitation” and can be found on the Bar's Website. Price, the valedictorian of Spartanburg High School Class of 2018, is now a freshman at Duke University.

“This year’s winning essay embraced the constitutional concept of three equal branches of government in explaining how they preserve our liberties,” said Judge Mark Hayes, who coordinates the annual contest. “Her essay renews my belief that the Law Day Essay contest is planting seeds of citizenship from which we all will reap a harvest of better citizens in future years.”

Judge Hayes will present Price with a $1,000 award on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, in conjunction with the SC Bar Convention.

“The Senior Lawyers Division of the Bar participates in the rebirth of this great nation’s democratic values with its continued sponsorship of the annual Law Day Essay contest,” said Judge Hayes.

This is the eighth year the SC Bar Senior Lawyers Division has sponsored the statewide Law Day Essay Contest. All essays, local and grade winning, were reviewed to determine statewide winners. The Senior Lawyers Division thanks Judge Hayes for the time and effort he dedicates to coordinating the contest each year.

Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day celebrates the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.  Every year, Law Day provides legal professionals and others with opportunities to help students and the public understand how the law protects our freedoms.