Three students from DeWitt Perry Middle School took home first, second and third place titles in the 2023 Dallas Bar Association’s (DBA) Law Day essay contest. More than 90 students submitted online essays to the DBA from across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex but this trio from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD finished above all:
- First Place — Andy Park, Eighth Grade
- Second Place— Ghayathiri Anandaraman, Seventh Grade
- Third Place — Saanvi Singh, Sixth Grade
This is not the first time that Perry MS students have been successful in this contest. In 2022, students took home the first and third place titles.
All three winners attended the annual DBA Law Day Luncheon held at the Arts District Mansion on May 16. Each received an award and brought their parents and teacher with them to celebrate their accomplishments.
“I’m so incredibly proud of these students whose curiosity about civics led them to work on their own time to research and write about the cornerstones of our government,” said Vicky Cisneros, DeWitt Perry Middle School Principal. “This community experience will provide them new knowledge, insight, skills and ways of understanding our complex world. I’m especially grateful to their wonderful teacher, Mrs. McMills, for guiding their path and providing such a rich learning opportunity.”
Law Day, held annually in May, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.
The Dallas Bar Association celebrates the importance of law and its impact on our nation and local communities by hosting essay, photo and poster contests for DFW-area students based on the American Bar Association Law Day yearly theme.
The Law Day theme for 2023 was “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” Students had to interpret the theme and answer the prompt, "Explain or depict how pursuing civics, civility and collaboration could help our society improve public discourse and inspire greater understanding of the Constitution and American government."
To learn more about the Law Day essay contest, please visit the Dallas Bar Association website.