Henry Clay freshmen take top spots in LWV’s 2021 essay contest
Three freshmen in the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School swept the 2021 Jay Ogden Essay Contest sponsored by the Lexington League of Women Voters. This spring’s challenge was to explore the process of appointing U.S. Supreme Court justices and the reasons citizens should stay abreast of such developments.
1st place: Reese Lile for “Supreme Court Justice Appointment Process: The Importance of Being Informed”
2nd place: Evelyn Dyer, “Implications of Supreme Court Decisions”
3rd place: Leah Buzard, “For the People: The Weight of the Court”
Reese, Evelyn, and Leah wrote the essays as part of Scott Brown’s AP U.S. Government & Politics course at Henry Clay. Brown received an honorarium for sponsoring each essay winner.
This annual contest honors the late Jay Ogden, a longtime LWV member who believed students should be prepared to be informed citizens who can examine events and form educated opinions that shape their actions. Through the essay prompts, students have an opportunity to think about an issue and think through the writing process to develop and explain a position on a civics topic.