Winners announced in bar foundation contest

Winners announced in
bar foundation contest

The Middlesex County Bar Foundation (MCBF) recently held its fifth annual Project Law Essay Contest for county high school students.

The MCBF this year expanded the contest to allow for six winners, who will be congratulated on May 18 at a special awards dinner at Sir John’s Restaurant in North Brunswick.

Middlesex County high school students had until March 5 to submit an entry on one of three topics: a persuasive essay on President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, a personal narrative about being a United States citizen, or a research essay on the University of Michigan affirmative action case that reached the Supreme Court this past December.

State-certified educators evaluated more than 450 essays on these topics and awarded two prizes for each. Grand-prize winners will receive a laptop computer and first-place winners will receive a desktop computer.

This year’s winners are: grand-prize winner of the persuasive essay is Maria Kuznetsova of John P. Stevens High School, first-place winner is Shubha Sarode of Edison High School; grand-prize winner of the personal narrative is Kathleen Doherty of John P. Stevens High School, first place winner is Robert Hoffman of South Plainfield High School; and grand-prize winner of the research essay is Mathew Sperber of Old Bridge High School; first place goes to Karan Malhotra of John P. Stevens High School.

The MCBF created the Project Law Essay Contest in 2000 to encourage higher education, develop and refine written communication skills, and help the student gain a better understanding of the legal system and their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

The goal of the project is to foster positive attitudes toward higher education and understanding of the legal system in all students who enter the contest.

The program is sponsored by the MCBF and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.