Loyola Academy Students Win Essay/Poster Contest at Brighton’s Annual Law Day
Loyola Academy students have participated for many years in Brighton’s Law Day, which was held on Friday, May 4 at the Brighton Municipal Court on Academy Hill Road. The event is a celebration of law and the court system. First Justice David Donnolly led the ceremony and has been a critical reason why the event is so successful in Brighton.
Loyola Academy grade 7 students participated in an essay and poster contest to explore the theme “Separation of Powers” in both the national and local branches of government. The Saint Columbkille chorus performed during the event and student James Kelsey recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I am incredibly proud of our Loyola Academy students who worked hard to research and present their views on this year’s theme,” said Dr. William Gartside, Head of School. “It is important that students learn about the government; participating in Law Day is just one of many ways that we plant the seed of civic duty.”
Valeria Durazo won this year’s contest for her essay on the dictatorship in Mexico where she told the story of her family’s journey from Mexico to America to escape the cruel and unfair leader. Theano Joseph received second prize for his essay on being a Haitian immigrant and shared that his experiences make him fully appreciate the American government system.
“This event gives students an understanding of how lucky they are to live in America,” said Bob Donahue, social studies teacher at Saint Columbkille’s Loyola Academy. “The Constitution has survived more than 200 years because of the wisdom of our founding fathers.”
A full list of awards and their recipients are below:
Honorable Albert H. Burns Award – 1st Prize
Sponsored by Rockland Trust Bank
Winner: Valeria Durazo
Honorable Charles Artesani Award – 2nd Prize
Sponsored by Attorney Richard Dyer
Winner: Theano Joseph and Alexandra Fernand
Law Day Award – 3rd Prize
Sponsored by New Balance
Winner: Sabrina Lopez and Jonathan Mora
The Courage Award – Honorable Mention Prize
Sponsored by The Driscoll-Caprigno Family in memory of the dedicated Boston Police Officers that have served the Brighton Court
Winner: Brigid Feeney and Max Kudinov
Good Neighbor Award – Honorable Mention Prize
Sponsored by Boston University
Winner: James Calci and Lara Guerra
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry associate professor Hosffman Ospino was presented with the Lumen Gentium Award in recognition of the impact of his research on Hispanic Catholics and his distinguished pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church.