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News National Student Leadership Scholarship Goes to Essay Contest Winner

National Student Leadership Scholarship Goes to Essay Contest Winner

Grace Carhart and her teacher Melinda Makings are congratulated by Chief Justice Heavican at the Law Day Luncheon
Grace Carhart and her teacher Melinda Makings are congratulated by Chief Justice Heavican at the Law Day Luncheon

Grace Carhart, Bloomfield High School eleventh grade Law Day Essay Contest winner, received the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Scholarship to attend this summer's National Student Leadership Conference. Grace chose the 10-day Journalism and Mass Communications session on the University of California, Berkley campus. She describes her experience as "life changing." See Grace's story below.

Other student winners recognized at the 13th Annual Law Day Luncheon at NET Studios in Lincoln on April 30 were

Grade 9 Julianna Curley Marian High School, Omaha
Grade 10 Luciano Ramirez Lexington High School, Lexington
Grade 12 Allie Fisher Westside High School, Omaha
Teacher sponsors were Marsha Kalkowski, Marian; Melanie Chesley, Lexington; Melinda Makings, Bloomfield; and Diana Schergin, Westside.

Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court, and Kile W. Johnson, Bar Foundation President, presented gifts and certificates to the students and their teachers.

Keeping with the Foundation's 2012 Law-Related Education theme, "Democracy and the Duty to Vote," student essayists addressed a question of how best to increase voter turnout. Some of the suggestions ranged from using online technology to making Election Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday. All agreed that more education about the candidates and the voting process would be good to have in the classroom.

At the conclusion of the luncheon, Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale organized a debate on the question of making voting in the United States mandatory. Omaha attorney Mike Nelsen and UNL College of Law Professor Eric Berger discussed the questions before an audience of contest winners, their parents and teachers, and members of the legal community. The debate was made available via online streaming to classrooms around the state.

The Law Day Essay Contest is jointly sponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court. This year, the office of the Secretary of State cosponsored the program. To learn more about this program and to view photos, go to http://www.nebarfnd.org/law-day-essay-contest.

 

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