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June 02, 2014

Virginia State Bar Announces 2014 Law in Society Contest Winners

Timothy Park, a freshman at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, has been awarded first place in the 2014 Law in Society Contest sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section.

Park won for his essay "Sammy Senior's Legal Woes in the Age of Social Media." He will receive $2,300. This year’s essay contest asked students to address a situation where an 18-year-old male student was filmed drinking at a party. An older student recorded the scene on video, e-mailed it to the younger student’s school principal, and posted the video and pictures to social media websites. The student was then suspended from school based on the information seen on the websites. The essay is available at

The Law in Society award was developed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and legal system. Park’s essay was among dozens submitted by public, private, and homeschooled students in the equivalent of high school. Park will receive his award during a ceremony at Trinity Christian School on Wednesday, June 4.

Mara Reichle, a junior at York High School in Yorktown, and Laura Cross, a senior at Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond, placed second and third, respectively. Reichle will receive $1,850 and Cross $1,350.

Five honorable mentions will be awarded to: Lydia Cawley of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, DoñaMaria Reed of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Bailey Holland of James River High School in Midlothian, Christiana Johnson of Glen Allen High School in Henrico, and Grace Baggett of Mountain View Christian Academy in Winchester.

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

Updated: Jun 02, 2014