16-17 Essay Contest Winners

 

CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION
JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS
QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2016-2017 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

 

2016-2017

Essay Contest Award Winners

 

 Statewide Winner - $2,000
Zach Reznikoff
Greens Farms Academy

 

Runner-up - $1,000
Michelle Xiong
Greenwich High School

 

Runner-up - $1,000
Daniel Coppinger
Simsbury High School

 

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

 

The Essay Contest Award Ceremony where the 
winners were presented with their awards was held 

 on June 7, 2017 at the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Click here to view pictures from the 2016-2017 Award Ceremony.

 

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 2016-2017 Statewide High School Essay Contest.

 

2016-2017
Essay Contest Topic  
“Taking a Knee or Taking a Stand”

 

This years’ topic dealt with school discipline in a case involving a high school athlete’s refusal to stand for the national anthem and a fellow student’s reaction to his protest. We asked students to assume the role of the lawyer for the School Board, who was tasked with preparing a memorandum with a recommendation on what is or is not an acceptable form of protest by these two students.  Contest entrants were to write a paper, not to exceed 1000 words, taking a position on this issue.  Click here to see the full topic prompt.