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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/23/10
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Gov. Christie Honors NJSBA Essay Contest Winners

New Brunswick, NJ –New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will honor the winners of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Black History Month essay contest this week.

The Governor will recognize the three high school students who won this year's contest, sponsored by the bar association's Minorities in the Profession Section, at Statehouse event tomorrow. They will be recognized along with other students from throughout New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Bar Association presented its Annual Black History Month Essay Contest awards at a reception held at the New Jersey Law Center last week.

The contest is designed to give students a forum on a current, controversial topic.

This year, students were asked to imagine living in the year 2022 and to prepare a speech for a presidential candidate to galvanize the youth vote. As a reference, they were encouraged to use President Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech.

Afia P. Asamoah was awarded a $250 American Express gift certificate for her first place essay “United We Stand, With Our Youth in Hand.” Afia lives in Somerset and attends Franklin High School.

Leonia High School students, Maxwell S. Freedman and Christian Bacchia earned second and third place, respectively. Maxwell received a $100 NJPAC gift certificate for his essay “We All Face the Same Problems.” Christian’s essay “The Future is Now” earned him a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Maxwell lives in Edgewater. Christian lives in Leonia.

The winning essays can be viewed on the NJSBA website www.njsba.com.

In addition to the awards presentation, this year’s reception featured the works of noted artists Emmett Wigglesworth and Betty Blayton Taylor courtesy of the Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery in Harlem, NY. Rutgers University Professor Clement A. Price gave the keynote address. The program also featured a performance by the Trenton Central High School Orchestra.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com .

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