Law Day

The Polk County Bar Association partners with ARAG to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.

The theme of the 2016 contest was Miranda: More Than Words to honor the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case – Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. The theme will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the US Constitution; how these rights are safeguarded by the Courts; and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

The winning students were honored at the PCBA Annual Meeting and Law Day Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Judy Bradshaw, former Des Moines Chief of Police and current executive director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, was the featured speaker.

Law Day has been celebrated since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring it a day to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.

Below is a listing of this year’s winners:

Elementary School Coloring Contest:

First Place: Anna Rowling, Prairie Trail Elementary School, Ankeny

Second Place: Brant Schumacher, Prairie Trail Elementary School, Ankeny

Third Place: Bailey Machan, Prairie Trail Elementary School, Ankeny

Elementary School Poster Contest:

First Place: Maria Hernandez Raya, Oak Park Elementary School, Des Moines

Second Place: Layla Purcell, Oak Park Elementary School, Des Moines

Second Place: Annaleigh Hegwood, Oak Park Elementary School, Des Moines

Essay Competition – Middle School

First Place:      Elizabeth Overberg, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Second Place: Eva DiMeo, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Third Place:     Lawrence Deng, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Honorable Mention: Selma Smajlovic, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Honorable Mention: James Tormey, South Middle School, Waukee

Poetry Competition-Middle School

First Place:       Allison Su, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Second Place: Annika Burds, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Third Place:    Olivia Appel, Merrill Middle School and Central Academy, Des Moines

Visual Arts-Middle School

First Place:        Bella Rivera, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Second Place: Breighlyn Kowalczyk and Charlie Harrington, St. Theresa Catholic School, Des Moines

Third Place:     Chloe Carstens, St. Theresa Catholic School, Des Moines

Music and Performing Arts-Middle School

First Place:       Crey Abbas, Katie Brandt, Lauren Carpenter, Madeline Fialkov, Logan Garland, Mary Kitundu, Pierce Mansfield, Olivia Ovrom, Corbet Tempero, and Rezin Tempero, Merrill Middle School, Des Moines

Second Place:   Autumn Joi Cadoree, South Middle School, Waukee

Essay Competition-High School

First Place:       Josiah De Valois, North Polk High School, Des Moines

Poetry Competition-High School

First Place:       Shivani Kumaresan, Central Academy, Des Moines

Second Place: Sophia Walker, Ankeny High School, Ankeny

Visual Arts-High School

First Place:       Natalie Mixdorf, Ankeny High School, Ankeny

Second Place:  Katelynn Robinson, Ankeny High School, Ankeny

Third Place:      Katy Voss, Ankeny High School, Ankeny

Best Teacher Participation Award

Megan Willard, St. Theresa Catholic School, Des Moines

 

Past Law Day Celebrations

2015

 

2014

2013

2012

2011

If you are a teacher and would like to request a lawyer to speak to your class about Law Day, contact the PCBA.