Law Day Essay Contest Winners

8/14/2018 10:57:48 AM

Justice Lidia S. Stiglich announced today (August 14, 2018) the winners of the Nevada Supreme Court 2018 Law Day Essay Contest, which gives rural Nevada high school students an opportunity to describe the importance of the third branch of government.


The essay theme, Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom, asked students to examine how the legislative, executive, and judicial powers interact and focus on how each branch serves as a check on the power of the others.

The first place winners for this year’s essay contest are:

  • Lea Gifford, Douglas High School, Minden
  • Ruben Candelaria, Spring Creek High School, Spring Creek
  • Hamilton Sommer, Oasis Academy College Preparatory High School, Fallon

In second place, we have the following winners:

  • Abbey Pike, Oasis Academy College Preparatory High School, Fallon
  • Keegan Murphy, Spring Creek High School, Spring Creek

First place winners received a certificate and a $100 prize. Second Place winners received a certificate and a $50 prize. Justice Stiglich hosted the contest and noted the essay by Lea Gifford of Douglas High School in Minden caught her eye for the summation: “The Constitution doesn’t come with an age limit.”

“I am very proud of the winners of this contest,” Justice Lidia S. Stiglich said. “All of the essays reflected an understanding of how the judiciary works to keep all of the branches of government in check.”

The Essay Contest was part of nationwide Law Day events sponsored by the American Bar Association and furthered a commitment by the Nevada Supreme Court to expose students to the judicial branch of government.