Nine metro-area students won awards in the Law Day art and writing contests sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Josh Hawkins from Charles Haskell Elementary in Edmond won $50 for first place, and Ashley Jean Ortiz, also from Charles Haskell, won $25 for second place in the third-grade collage contest.
Jaxon Grundy from Angie Debo Elementary in Edmond won $50 for second place in the fifth-grade creative writing contest.
Georgia Burnstein won $50 for her first-place collage in the visual arts category while Charlie Suenram won second place and $25 for his diorama in the visual arts category. Sabrina Lopez won $50 for second place in creative writing. All three are sixth-graders at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Edmond.
Edmond Sequoyah Middle School seventh-grader Emersyn Powell won $50 for first place in the visual arts category with a mosaic, while Anna Olson, also a seventh-grader from Sequoyah, won $50 for second in the creative writing category.
Austin Buchanan, a first-grader from Virginia Smith Elementary School in Harrah, won $50 for first place in the coloring contest for his grade.
Buchanan, Hawkins, Powell and Burnstein, along with other first-place winners, received their awards from state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert at a ceremony at the state Capitol.
“Law Day is our opportunity to educate the public about the legal system,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President James T. Stuart of Shawnee. “We incorporate the art and writing contests to reach out to even the youngest citizens. It is inspiring to see these bright students so engaged and interested in the law.”
More than 1,100 students entered the contests, themed “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.”
2013 Law Day
Law Day events include contests, a hotline for free legal advice and a one-hour informational show on public television.
Free legal advice will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 2. In the Oklahoma City area, call (800) 456-8525. The number for Tulsa is (918) 838-8770.
For a list of contest winners, go to www.