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