Law Day

2022 Student Law Day Contest Winners

The OBA Law Day Committee thanks Oklahoma educators, students and their families for participating in the 2022 Law Day Contest. With a theme of “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change,” the contest reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty and pursue justice.  

This year, 1,331 students from 47 towns and about 70 schools and home school groups entered the contest. We received more entries this year than in 2021, with an impressive number of entries from counties outside the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

This is also a testament to the amazing teachers and parents we have around the state who have done a wonderful job supporting Oklahoma’s children during these unusual times.

Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers for participating in this year's contest.


Grand Prize Winner

Gwyneth Sanchez
Eisenhower High School,  Lawton 

Contest Winners

Pre-K & Kindergarten


First Place
Dollie Neal, Seminole 

Second Place
Lylah Ommen, Leedey 

Honorable Mention 

Melonnie Perez, Seminole 


1st - 5th Grade

1st Writing

First Place 
Hadyn Kennedy, Watonga 



Second Place
Izzy Holdge, Watonga 

1st Art
2nd Writing
2nd Art
3rd Writing
3rd Art
4th Writing
4th Art
5th Writing
5th Art

6th - 8th Grade

6th Writing

First Place 
Tharyn Dodson, Boise City 

The Fight for Women's Right to Vote 

I went with my mom as she went to cast her ballot in the election at our county public library, her voting precinct. I was thrilled to wear her "I voted!" sticker afterwards. Later that evening, we learned the results of the election online. This privilege was a hard won right for women that became ratified as the nineteenth amendment on August 18, 1920. Looking into this social change, I would like to explore the struggle to obtain the right for women to vote, how it affects women today, and where Latin American women are in this process.

Read the full essay.


Second Place
Ethan Fox, Skiatook 

The Importance of the 13th Amendment 

"I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any other Abolitionist." This is what Abraham Lincoln said on July 10, 1858 in a speech in Chicago. He made slavery illegal with the 13th Amendment and helped end it. Slavery existed globally, but I will be focusing on America and Brazil. There were similarities and differences between slavery in America and Brazil, but the greatest similarity was when it was abolished.

Read the full essay.


Honorable Mention 
Dustin Hitchcock, Stillwater 

6th Art
7th Writing
7th Art
8th Writing
8th Art

9th - 12th Grade

9th Writing

First Place 
Addison Vance, Salina 

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave 

The Constitution of the United States of America was created to ensure peoples' basic human rights were upheld. What if the ones in charge of upholding these rights were against it? Even if they were only biased against a certain group, those people are still citizens of the U.S. Who would stop them? Who would be willing to stand up to authority; to ensure the safety of their friends, family, and even strangers for years to come? This is exactly what the many brave heroes who participated in the Civil Rights Movement did. They fought for the equal rights of all African Americans.

Read the full essay.


Second Place
Hailey Mcwhirt, Salina 

Women's ride to equality

Equality, we have it, but how did we get it? On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was finally ratified to the Constitution. The Journey for this to happen was a very long and very hard journey and many people did not believe that they would succeed. However, with the right audience and the right behavior anything can be accomplished. The strong women in the 1900s used that behavior to accomplish their goal on equality.

Read the full essay.


Honorable Mention 
Emily Wade, Tulsa 

9th Art
10th Writing
10th Art
11th Writing
11th Art
12th Writing
12th Art