Walsingham Academy 5th Graders sweep national essay contest

Walsingham Academy 5th Graders swept a national writing contest, claiming the top three spots in the National Center for State Courts' (NSCS) Civics Education Essay Contest. Held to recognize Law Day on May 1, students were asked to write an essay of no more than 100 words on the following question: "In your own words, what are the Miranda Rights and why are they important?"

NSCS received 317 entries from 13 states. Walsingham 5th Graders Taylor Stryker, Daniel Zilla, and Anne Barry placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 3rd-5th Grade division, winning Amazon gift cards of $100, $50, and $25.

The students were honored at the Judicial Conference of Virginia on May 10, meeting Chief Justice for the State of Virginia Donald Lemons. Taylor Stryker read her winning essay to the audience.

Congratulations to the winners and to all students who participated!

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