17-18 Essay Contest

CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION
JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS

QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2017-2018 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

 

The Essay Contest Award Ceremony where the 
winners will be presented with their awards will be held on

June 5, 2018 at the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Please contact ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org if you would like to attend.

 

2017-2018
Essay Contest Award Winners

 

 Statewide Winner - $2,000
Seamus Connor
Homeschooled

 

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

 

Runner-up - $1,000
Katarina Flicker
Greens Farms Academy

 

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 2017-2018 Statewide High School Essay Contest.

2017-2018
Essay Contest Topic  
“Diversity Disagreement?”

 

This years’ topic dealt with a student who wrote the principal asking for a meeting to discuss why she should have been selected for one of several subsidized spots set aside for students with diverse backgrounds for a school trip. She believed she was being discriminated against both economically and in terms of her background.  Contest entrants were asked to assume the role of the school district lawyer who was called upon to provide a recommendation for or against selecting the student for the subsidized spot.  Entries were not to exceed 1000 words and were to support their position on this issue.  Click here to see the full topic prompt.