15-16 Essay Contest



The Essay Contest Award Ceremony where the 
winners were presented with their awards was held on
June 1, 2016 at the Connecticut Supreme Court.
From left to right: Jack G. Steigelfest, Chair, James W. Cooper Fellows Essay Contest; Stephanie M. Walsh, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering; Christos Kolovos, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, Greens Farms Academy; Michaela D. Cohen, Greens Farms Academy; Connecticut Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille; Julie Selberg, Social Studies Department Chair, Coginchaug Regional High School; Kyle M. Adams, Coginchaug Regional High School; Bill Logue, Chair, James W. Cooper Fellows; Dwight H. Merriam, Chair, James W. Cooper Fellows Education and Program Committee 
Essay Contest Award Winners


 Statewide Winner - $2,000
Kyle Adams
Coginchaug Regional High School


Runner-up - $1,000
Michaela Cohen
Greens Farms Academy


Runner-up - $1,000
Stephanie Walsh
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering


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 2015-2016 Statewide High School Essay Contest.


Essay Contest Topic  
“Minors and Medical Decisions”


The Connecticut General Assembly may soon take up the subject of whether to adopt a law recognizing the “mature minor” doctrine as an exception to the general rule that minors may not make medical decisions for themselves or determining that the “mature minor” doctrine should not be recognized. We asked students to assume the role of a legislative intern for a senior member of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee who has been asked to analyze this issue, including the factors that would go into deciding who should be considered a mature minor if the doctrine is recognized.  Students were to prepare a paper, not to exceed 1000 words, taking a position on this issue.  Click here to see the full topic prompt.