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
Eisenhower High School, Lawton
Pre-K & Kindergarten
1st - 5th Grade
6th - 8th Grade
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.
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.
Dustin Hitchcock, Stillwater
9th - 12th Grade
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.
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.
Emily Wade, Tulsa