Posted 2 years ago
By John Axtell
Chadron High School’s Shoilee Rahman is this year’s Nebraska Law Day Essay Contest freshman winner. The contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, picks one winner from each grade level statewide.
All contest entries were scored by a volunteer panel of Nebraska lawyers and judges who are members of the PEOPLE…Public Education Outreach Promoting the Law & Equity…Committee, which helps those in the legal field develop skills in public outreach, community collaboration, community leadership, and public service.
The theme of this year’s contest is keeping with the foundation’s 2013 law-related education theme, “Civic Education – Keeping Our Democracy Alive,” with each young writer asked to pick their favorite patriotic symbol, song, holiday, or activity and tell how it contributes to the development of better citizens.
Rahman chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day and wrote that “Dr. King’s leadership and activism during the civil rights era can act as a guide when people deal with issues regarding equality…(and) as a source of inspiration for those wanting to start a movement geared toward social change.”
Rahman’s win brings with it a $100 gift card from Cornhusker Bank of Lincoln, a personalized portfolio, and a classroom party next week. County Judge Russ Harford will present Rahman with the gift card, portfolio, and a certificate of achievement award during Thursday’s Chadron Kiwanis Honors Program
Law Day is traditionally celebrated nationwide during the week of May 1st as a way to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the United States and to recognize its importance for society. This is the 14th year for the essay contest.