Camdenton Middle School students took home the top three places in the 28th Annual Law Day Essay Contest.

Camdenton Middle School students took home the top three places in the 28th Annual Law Day Essay Contest.

Sponsored by the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section and the Missouri National Education Association, the contest required students to write essays of 700 words or less responding to the following prompt: “When the Framers (the men who wrote the Constitution) came up with what they thought would be a fair system of government, they felt strongly that the power to govern should be shared among three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. They also thought each branch should be able to check the power of the other branches. Name some ways the branches check on each other’s power and why do you think the Framers came up with this system?”

In grades 6-8, Emily Bennett earned first place in the statewide competition, Jaydan Farrell second and Isabella DeFranco third. Bennett received a prize of $300 and a plaque at the Missouri Outstanding Citizenship and Law Day Awards ceremony April 16 at Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City. Farrell won $200 and a plaque, and DeFranco $150 and a plaque.

CMS American History teacher Shayla Viele was very proud of all of her hardworking and talented Lakers for their work and enthusiasm for this contest.

“One of the most important Units that my students and I work on every year is over American Government.  When I heard about this Essay Contest, I thought it would be a great way for students to show off their knowledge and writing skills by competing in the contest, and the writing prompt fit perfectly with the state standards we were learning in our Government Unit,” she said. “Our students and faculty were ecstatic to find out that all three winners were from Camdenton Middle School and were all from my class! I really believe that our students at C.M.S. are learning to be amazing leaders and to contribute their passions and talents to our community.”