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NJSBA Minorities in the Profession Section Sponsors Black History Month Contest for High School Students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Public high students are invited to participate in the annual Black History Month Contest sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section. The purposes of the contest are to enhance interest in the practice of law by minorities and to encourage excellence in writing by New Jersey public high school students.

For this year’s topic, students will address the United States government’s response to terrorist acts and contemplate the motivations and reasons asserted by the individuals who committed those acts. Students then will examine whether George Washington was a terrorist.

Student entries may be submitted according to one of three possible categories: essay, art or speech. In judging all three categories, creativity, quality of writing and interest to the public are among the criteria. In the speech category, the three chosen finalists will present their speeches at the Black History Month reception to be held in March. At that time, judges will decide the first, second and third place winners.

The first place winners will receive a $250 savings bond and a plaque. The second place winners will receive two tickets to a performance at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick and a certificate. The third place winners will receive a certificate.

For further information and contest rules, please call Cynthia A. Pellegrino at the New Jersey State Bar Association at 732-937-7507 or e-mail her at

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.