Middlesex County Bar Foundation Honors 2011 High School Project Law Essay Contest Winners

NEW BRUNSWICK — On Tuesday, May 3, the Middlesex County Bar Foundation honored the winners of the 12th Annual Project Law Essay Contest for Middlesex County High School Students. The event was held at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick.

The Project Law Essay Contest’s basic objectives are to help high school students to develop and refine their writing and communication skills, to help them gain a better understanding of our legal system and their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and to encourage them to seek higher education.


Students were given a choice of three essay topic categories: Persuasive-Decals for Provisional Drivers; Personal Narrative-Personal Privacy and the Internet; or Research-School Searches and Non-English Speakers. All entries were judged by state-certified professional educators. Over 400 essays were submitted this year.

This year’s winners were all from John P. Stevens High School in Edison. Grand prize winners were Gautam Gunjala (Research Essay), Andrew Huang (Persuasive Essay); and Kenneth Lin (Personal Narrative). First place winners were Dhrumit Joshi (Research Essay); Sam Zhang (Persuasive Essay); and Valentina Lyau (Personal Narrative).

Back row (l to r): Hon. Heidi Willis Currier, JSC; Hon. Travis L. Francis, AJSC; Hon. Joseph Paone, JSC; and MCBF President Linda Cavanna Middle row: MCBF Vice-President Jack Gillick; Sam Zhang; Andrew Huang; Kenneth Lin; and Valentina Lyau Front row: Dhrumit Joshi and Gautam Gunjala (photo courtesy of Middlesex County Bar Foundation)

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