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Brooklyn judge recognizes Stuyvesant student in essay contest

May 24, 2017 By Ahmed Jallow Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Benny He (center), of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, won the annual essay contest hosted by Appellate Division Justice Robert J. Miller (left), Justice Michael J. Garcia (right), and the New York Law Journal. Eagle photos by Ahmed Jallow
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Brooklyn’s Appellate Division Justice Robert J. Miller on Tuesday held a ceremony celebrating 10 finalists of the annual Independence of the Judiciary High School Essay Contest at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan.

The contest, using the 14th Amendment as this year’s Law Day theme, invited students from all across the city to explore ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society.

“It is one of the most complex and litigated of the U.S. constitutional amendments,” said Miller about the 14th Amendment. “It is a very significant time in our history and all of you did a great job in writing the essays.”

Benny He, of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, was named the winner. He will have his essay published in the New York Law Journal, which helped to sponsor the event.

“I didn’t expect this. My professor really helped,” said He. “I prepared very hard,” he added.

The 10 finalists were each giving a check of $100 with an opportunity to intern for a week with a judge. They were all commended for their hard work by Justice Michael J. Garcia, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, who recently withdrew his name for a potential FBI pick.

“I can think of nothing better than seeing people so dedicated with such incentive as they enter into this essay contest in high school and give this such thought at this time,” Garcia said. “It is really commendable and why I really enjoy being here and recognizing that achievement.”


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