Shrewsbury middle school student wins Law Day essay contest


Liam Collins poses with teachers and Worcester County Bar Association officials after being told he had won the Bar Association’s essay contest and presented with a $100 prize. From left to right are Liam’s mother and St. Mary religion teacher Helen Collins, St. Mary teacher and essay contest coordinator Kathryn Edmunds, WCBA President-Elect Courtney Mayo, Liam Collins and WCBA President, Geoff Spofford. (Photo/submitted)

SHREWSBURY – The Worcester County Bar Association (WCBA) will present an award to St. Mary School eighth grade student, Liam Collins, for Law Day on May 1.

The award recognizes Collins’ win in the Bar Association Law Day Essay contest, which was held for eighth-grade students throughout Worcester County. 

The essay prompt, “Moving Towards a More Perfect Union,” asked students to describe “the next great moment…that would help move our nation towards becoming a more perfect union.” The contest drew over 80 essay submissions.

Association President Geoff Spofford and Law Day Committee Chair Courtney Mayo went to St. Mary School on Monday to inform Collins that he had won the contest.

Collins is receiving a $100 prize in addition to the award itself.

Collins dedicated his winning essay to the need to address climate change and global warming.

The award will now be formally presented by Spofford at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester on Sunday.

The Bar Association runs its Law Day essay contest each year, recognizing students for their work in response to a given prompt.

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