Anne Arundel bar foundation names high school essay winners

Students from three Anne Arundel County high schools will receive prizes Tuesday from the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation for taking top honors in the organization’s annual essay contest.

This past spring, the contest asked students to write an essay about a Maryland case before the U.S. Supreme Court -- King v. Maryland – which raised the question of whether it was an unreasonable search and seizure for police to take a DNA sample from a person arrested for, but not convicted of, a crime of violence.

On June 3, the nation’s top court agreed in a 5-4 decision with the state’s position that the practice was legal.

The student winners were as divided as the Supreme Court, the foundation said, with two favoring King and one siding with the state.

The winners of the contest were: Paige Markley, junior, South River High School, first place, $500; Mikayla Walker, junior, Severn School, second place, $250; and William Shorter Jr., sophomore, Glen Burnie High School, third place, $100.


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