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May 03, 2012

Virginia State Bar Announces 2012 Law in Society Contest Winners

The Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section announce the winners of the 2012 Law in Society Award Competition for Virginia high-school students.

Isabel Edwards, a junior at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, has been awarded first-place honors for her essay titled “To Protect the Server and to Serve as the Protector: Richardson Middle School as the Cyberbully Police.” She will receive $2,300.

Mary Stoney, a senior at Oakton High School in Vienna, and Joylyn Rushing, a senior at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, placed second and third, respectively. Stoney will receive $1,850, and Rushing will be awarded $1,350.

Five honorable mentions will be awarded to: Aakash Shah and Zachary Peak, both juniors at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk; Christian Bean, a senior at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington; Laura Follansbee, a junior at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond; and Eesha Choudhari, a senior at Grafton High School in Yorktown.

Each honorable-mention recipient will be awarded $250. All winners will receive plaques commemorating their win and the newest edition of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

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 had students consider a hypothetical case involving cyberbullying at a middle school. Students were asked what actions the school should take and whether they believed the school could be held legally responsible for any of the cyberbullying that has occurred. They were also asked to address the issue of whether the parents of the bully could be held responsible for his actions.

For more information on the contest, or to read the first-place essay, visit

Updated: May 03, 2012