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Local student wins Justice For All art contest


Shelly Pope

Magistrate Desi Burrell alongside Justis For All Contest winner Maia Cowan and runner up Asa Parker.

In celebration of Law Day, May 1, the Alaska Supreme Court sponsored the Justice For All Contest. Petersburg Elementary student, Maia Cowan won first place in the kindergarten to fourth grade category out of 90 entries across the state of Alaska.

Students were asked to submit art and a statement on the theme; Fairness, Diversity and Equality.

“Our justice system depends on these traits to be successful,” Petersburg Magistrate Desiree Burrell said. “It is refreshing to see how our kids understand this theme in their artwork.”

The contest was divided into two age groups of kindergarten to fourth grade and fifth to eighth grades.

The finalists were selected by members of the court systems appellate staff, representatives of the Alaska Bar Association's law related education committee and members of the Alaska Supreme Court's Fairness, Diversity and Equality Committee and access to civil justice committee.

Another Petersburg Elementary student, Asa Parker was chosen as an honorable mention.

Cowan was presented a framed copy of her winning poster, a certificate and $250 for her entry and Parker received a certificate for his honorable mention.

The prizes were made possible by the donations of the law firm Perkins, Coie, LLC.

“Congratulations to these students for their beautiful, creative artwork,” Burrell stated. “I would also like to thank them for reminding us of the importance of fairness, diversity and equality in our justice system.”


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