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Student Earns Acclaim in National Essay Contest

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Minnesauke Elementary School fifth grader Holden Cone was named the third-place winner in the elementary school category of the National Center for State Courts’ 2021 Civics Education Essay Contest, which this year drew 1,826 entries. Holden’s entry was selected as a finalist by Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Colorado Justice Richard Gabriel.

The annual contest aims to educate the public on how law and the legal process protect society. Presented by the National Center for State Courts, the contest honors Law Day. To enter, Holden penned an essay that answered the prompt “what does the rule of law mean to you?” in 100 words or less.

Below is a copy of Holden’s award-winning piece:

“The rule of law means different things to different people, but to me, it means there are boundaries that people cannot overstep and if they do, they will face the consequences of their actions. Laws are not meant to restrict, they are meant to protect us and make us safer. Without law there would be no order and no rules. No one is above the law, as the laws apply to everyone. I think laws are important to keep us safe and help us.”
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