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May 17, 2010

Chesapeake Student Takes Top Honor in Virginia State Bar Essay Competition

Daniel Scott Reuwer, a senior at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, has won first place in the 2010 Law in Society Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section. He plans to attend Belmont Abbey College and major in political science/government and theology.

Reuwer won for his essay that addressed the topic “Free Speech: Can a School Limit Students’ Online Communications?” The premise was that a student athlete was suspended from her soccer team when she violated a rule that members must uphold the reputation of the team and the school in Facebook postings. Reuwer concluded that the coach’s decision was fair. The athlete “forfeited her privilege to be on the soccer team when she failed to honor the terms of her verbal agreement,” he wrote. The full essay can be read at

The Law in Society award was developed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and legal system. Reuwer’s essay was among more than 280 entries submitted by public, private, and homeschooled students in the equivalent of high school. Reuwer will receive a $1,750 cash prize, to be awarded at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. All contest winners will receive Strunk & White’s Elements of Style and a framed certificate.

Hailey Sadler, a homeschooled student from Gloucester, was awarded $1,500 for second place, and Robert Scott Burnham of Freedom High School in South Riding received the $1,250 third-place award.

Honorable mentions, who are awarded $100, are Andrew Gray Perrow of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Jeremy Greenwald of Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Kelsey Kathleen Sundby of Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Peter Michael Burnham of Freedom High School in South Riding,  Rachel Elizabeth Brooks of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Sarah Hinshelwood of Eastern Montgomery High School in Elliston, Vincent James McLeese of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, and William Perkins of Lancaster High School in Lancaster.

Updated: May 18, 2010