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April 30, 2007

Virginia State Bar Announces 2007 Law In Society Contest Winners

The Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section announce the winners of the 2007 Law in Society Award Competition for Virginia high-school students.

Eleanor Ward Hansen, a senior at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, has been awarded first-place honors for her essay titled “Immigration and Education: A Legal Dilemma.??? She will receive her choice of $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond or $1,000 cash, a plaque acknowledging her accomplishment, and a dictionary and thesaurus set.

Spencer Cameron Murchison and Chelsea Dawn Daystar, both seniors at Rockbridge County High School, placed second and third in the contest, respectively. Murchison will receive his choice of a $1,500 U.S. Saving Bond or $750 cash, and Daystar will be awarded her choice of a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond or $500 cash. Each also will receive a plaque and a dictionary and thesaurus set.

Seven honorable mentions will be awarded to the following students: Shuborna Devanath, a senior at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk; Claire Elizabeth Gunner and Erika Frances Karsch, both seniors at Rockbridge County High School; Sydney Kiker, a senior at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond; Wayne Ngai, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond; Melissa D. Synder, a senior at Midlothian High School in Chesterfield County; and Christopher Scott Sundby, a senior at Rockbridge County High School.

Each honorable-mention recipient will be awarded his or her choice of a $200 U.S. Savings Bond or $100 cash, a plaque, and a dictionary and thesaurus set. Winners will receive their awards at presentations in their communities.

The VSB sponsors the Law in Society Award contest annually to increase appreciation of the legal system among high-school students. This year’s essay theme asked students to consider a hypothetical case involving undocumented students’ admission to public universities and colleges. Entrants were asked to provide opinions of what the state’s policy should be regarding admitting illegal aliens to public higher-education facilities.

For more information on the contest, or to read the first-place essay, visit www.vsb.org/site/public/law-in-society-award-competition/.

The Virginia State Bar is the government agency that regulates the legal profession. It is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of lawyers elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in Virginia.

Updated: Apr 30, 2007