Caitlyn Midkiff, 11, won first place in the fourth-/fifth-grade category of the 2013 Missouri NEA/Missouri Bar Law Day Essay Contest. She will be honored at an awards banquet in Jefferson City in May.
The Missouri NEA Public Relations committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section co-sponsored the annual contest. Students were asked to respond to the following essay prompt:
“Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Explore the movement of civil and human rights in America, how it has influenced the ideal of equality under the law and what you think needs to be done to rectify injustice and eliminate all forms of discrimination.”
Caitlyn and other first-place state winners received $300 as a prize from the Missouri Bar. Second-place winners received $200, and third-place winners received $150.
The Missouri Bar selected the top three winners in each grade-level category.
Caitlyn is the daughter of Guy and Corrine Midkiff, Washington. She has been homeschooled for the last two years.
The Midkiffs credit several teachers/role models with helping Caitlyn improve her writing: Frank Suda; Janet Kleinheider, a retired third-grade teacher; and Jane Webb, a retired teacher who has been working with her this school year.