The Nevada County Bar Association announces the winners of its High School Student Essay Contest who will be recognized at the annual awards dinner this Thursday evening. Retiring Superior Court Judge Sean P. Dowling will provide keynote remarks.
The Bar is honoring Judge Dowling for his seventeen years of service as a Nevada County Judicial Officer. He will step down from his judicial seat on January 5th when the newly elected judge is seated.
The annual essay contest for high school students began in 1978, when local lawyer Ray Shine and English teacher Mike Blake decided to create an event that would recognize academic excellence at the high schools with a trophy for best essay.
From the beginning the Nevada County Bar Association sponsored the event by organizing a banquet to honor the best writers at local high schools and to reward academic excellence, first with US Savings Bonds and later with scholarship money donated by the Bar.
The winners this year are Hannah Babe from Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, Grace Baker from Nevada Union High School and Gabrielle Rinne from Truckee High School.
Honorable mention awards will be made to Hannah Oitzman and Aidan Ginn from Ghidotti High School, Ryan Brott from Nevada Union High School, Mia Belluomini and Aiden Keller from Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at the Dinner. They will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively.
The dinner will be held at the Holbrooke Hotel beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. on November 6, 2014. The event will honor local high school students for excellence in writing on the legal topic”American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”
For information on the essay contest or tickets to the dinner reception visit the Nevada County Bar Association website at: email@example.com