12-13 Essay Contest Winners

Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows
Quintin Johnstone 2012-2013 Statewide High School Essay Contest Winners


Brad Saxton, Chair James W. Cooper Fellows; Dwight Merriam, Chair Fellows Planning Committee; Runner-up Fiona Young, Greenwich High School; Connecticut Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille; Statewide Winner Yingxian Guo, West Haven High School; Runner-up Katie Cavanaugh, South Windsor High School; Andrea Barton Reeves, Essay Contest Coordinator; and Peter Arakas, President, Connecticut Bar Foundation

2012-2013
Essay Contest Award Winners

Statewide Winner - $2,000
Yingxian Guo
West Haven High School

Runner-up - $1,000
Katie Cavanaugh
South Windsor High School

Runner-up - $1,000
Fiona Young
Greenwich High School

To access the winning essays, click on the name of each winner.

Essay submissions are judged on content/originality, organization, use of resource materials and writing. The Connecticut Bar Foundation and the James W. Cooper Fellows do not represent or endorse the accuracy or the reliability of any of the information, content, sources, or statements contained in any student essay contest entry in the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone 2012-2013 Statewide High School Essay Contest.

2012-2013
Essay Contest Topic

  “Prescription for Success?”

  The topic for the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Statewide High School Essay Contest was “Prescription for Success?” Participants were asked to assume the role of a town’s attorney who is asked by the local high school principal for advice on a legal issue without a precedent in the district. Students were to prepare a paper, not to exceed 1000 words, advising the principal on how to proceed when the presumptive valedictorian is accused by the salutatorian of using non-prescribed Ritalin to help pass at least one exam.