Law Day

The Polk County Bar Association gives students a chance to get creative with the law as part of the annual Law Day celebration. Chief among the activities is the visual arts, music, essay and poetry competition for students in grades 6 through 12  in Polk County.

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.

The theme of the 2015 contest was “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.

This year’s winning students were honored at a special luncheon at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel on May 12.  The featured speaker was Tre Critelli, a Des Moines lawyer and English barrister.

The winning students and their schools are:

Essay Competition- Middle School
First Place: Taylor Runchey, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Second Place:  Sydney Jorgensen, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Third Place:  Quincey Bauman, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Poetry Competition – Middle School
First Place: Mallory Logsdon, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Second Place: Creighton Ferree, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Third Place: Tanvi Shingade, Johnston Middle School, Johnston
Honorable Mention: Conor Wilson, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Visual Arts – Middle School
First Place: Madeline Gillette, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Second Place: Kate Hoogensen, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Third Place:  Jeanne Peters, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Music and Performing Arts-Middle School
First Place:      Pierce Mansfield, Merrill Middle School, Des Moines
Second Place: Trevor Smith, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny
Third Place:   Sophie Bergan, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Essay Competition – High School
First Place:  Sydney Samples, Saydel High School, Des Moines
Second Place: Peter Beebe, Johnston High School, Johnston

Poetry Competition – High School
First Place: Lauren Pfeil, Valley High School, West Des Moines
Second Place: Nicholas Dolan, Saydel High School, Des Moines
Third Place: Alex Carther, Valley High School, West Des Moines

Visual Arts – High School
First Place:    Melissa Lauer, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines
Second Place: Amanda Shelton, home schooled, Urbandale
Third Place: Annie Smith, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Best Teacher Participation Award
John Stratton, Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

 

Past Law Day Celebrations

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.