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Clayton Students Take Top Spots in Statewide Law Day Essay Contest

Six School District of Clayton students have received honors in their respective categories of the 2017 Law Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Missouri NEA Public Relations Committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section. Meramec Elementary fifth-grader Alexandra Cohen took second place in the fourth- and fifth-grade category, while Captain Elementary fifth-grader Kipp Vitsky placed third. In the sixth- through eighth-grade category, Wydown Middle School seventh-grader Eliot Blackmoore earned first place. Additionally, Captain fifth-graders Leah Stohler and Sawyer Roesch and Meramec fourth-grader Louisa Blackmoore were named finalists in the competition.

The students each wrote an essay on this year’s prompts; fourth- and fifth-graders wrote about the idea included in the U.S. Constitution that all people should be treated fairly, while sixth- through eighth-graders wrote about the presumption in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that states must make sure people have “equal protection of the laws.”

The 2017 Law Day Essay Contest received 177 entries from students across the state. Of those entries, 28 finalists were chosen to move on to the state competition, and the top three entries in each category were selected.

Alexandra, Kipp and Eliot will be honored at an awards ceremony held on April 17 in Jefferson City, where they will each receive a cash prize from the Missouri Bar.