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February 18, 2011

Kate Coscarelli

Director of Media Relation


Leonia High School Students win State Bar’s Black History Month Essay Contest

New Brunswick, NJ – The New Jersey State Bar Association Minorities in the Profession Section presented its annual Black History Month Essay Contest awards to three Leonia High School students on Feb. 17 at a reception at the New Jersey Law Center.

The contest is designed to give students a forum on a current, controversial topic.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, and as part of the contest students were asked to examine the civil rights movement and apply the lessons of the movement to today’s hot-button issue, immigration.  Visit to view the winning essays.

Students from Leonia High School in Leonia swept the competition, taking all three prizes.  Alix Cross was awarded a $250 American Express gift card for her first place essay “Mumans.”  Justin Ziegler took second place and received a $100 gift certificate to NJPAC for his essay “The Dream Lives On.”  Third place went to Theresa Marciano.  She received a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card for her essay “Changing the Lives of Mumans One Step at a Time.”

Certificates of Honorable Mention were also awarded to three runners up.  Hassan El-Shoubary and Kai L. Trinidad, who both attend North Brunswick Township High School in North Brunswick, and Schane A. Flowers who attends the Academy for Allied Health & Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge.

In addition to the awards presentation, this year’s reception featured the work of Maplewood artist Phoebe Tree.  New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow gave the keynote address.