Essay Contest

CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION
JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS
QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2018-2019 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

 

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Eighteenth Annual James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest.  The 2018-2019 topic is “Jumping the Gun – Preventing School Violence”.  As in past years, this year’s topic was chosen for its special relevance to students of high school age.  We believe that participating students will find the topic pertinent and interesting. 

 

“Jumping the Gun – Preventing School Violence” deals with two student brothers, one a popular jock, and one a social outcast who are seen on a viral video shooting at a gun range.  The school gets word of the video and decides that the video shows that the social outcast brother is a threat and suspends him.  The popular brother is not suspended, despite participating in the same activity. Contest entrants are asked to assume the role of the attorney representing the School Board, which has asked for advice on whether the suspension of the outcast brother was proper and what steps the school can take to prevent school violence, while respecting constitutional rights.  Entries are not to exceed 1000 words and should support their position on this issue.

 

The contest winner will receive $2,000 and the two runners-up will receive $1,000.  The winning students, school contest coordinators, and principals will receive award plaques which will be presented at a ceremony presided over by Connecticut Supreme Court Justices at the Connecticut Supreme Court.

 

The contest is open to high school students, vocational-technical school students, students enrolled in a high school diploma credit program under the age of 21, and high school age home-schooled students.

 

We invite all interested students to submit entries through their school’s teachers or school counselors, or, in the case of home-schoolers, through their parent/guardian.  See Contest Rules.  Entries from each school/home-schooler must be submitted to the Connecticut Bar Foundation in Hartford, postmarked no later than February 22, 2019. All required documents are included in the list below.

 

Entry materials for this contest are linked below (click maroon text to access): 

 

•     Essay Topic - The essay topic is “Jumping the Gun – Preventing School Violence”

•     Contest Rules - A copy of these rules should be given to each student who will be participating in the contest. 

•     Judging Criteria and Procedures - This sets forth the criteria that will be used to evaluate the entries submitted to the Foundation.

•     Submittal Form - This form should be completed by the teacher(s)/counselor(s) from each school and must accompany the entry packet.

•     Home-School Submittal Form - This form should be completed by the home-schooler’s parent/guardian and must accompany the entry packet.

•     Student Entry and Release Form - The Student Entry and Release Form must be submitted with each student’s entry packet. 

•     Home-School Student Entry and Release Form - The Home-School Student Entry and Release Form must be submitted with the home-schooler’s entry packet. 

•     Parent or Guardian Release Form - If the student is under 18 years of age, this form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the student-writer of the entry and submitted with the entry packet. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Connecticut Bar Foundation at 860-722-2494 or ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org.

We hope that you will agree that this contest provides students with an exciting opportunity to earn monetary prizes while advancing their understanding of the role of law in the world around them.  We look forward to receiving your entry, postmarked no later than February 22, 2019.

 


Click here to view the 2017-2018 contest winners.

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

Click here to view the 2015-2016 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2014-2015 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2013-2014 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 contest winners.