Patrick Hoyack Submitted Photo
The contest was held on May 1 and the theme was “No Court, No Justice, No Freedom” which was chosen by the American Bar Association.
Stated in the Law Day information packet, “open and accessible courts are the cornerstone of a free society. The framers of our Constitution recognized the importance of the courts when they made the judiciary one of the three coequal branches of our government.
“The courts are where we go to have our rights protected, our injuries’ redressed and our disputes resolved. Whether the person is a consumer or a corporation, a victim or an accused, a leader or a debtor, a parent or a child, the work of the courts affects everyone’s everyday life.
“Recent budget cuts at local, state and federal levels have compromised the courts’ ability to function effectively and keep the wheels of justice turning.”
According to Karen Ferrara, Court Administrator, an estimated 300 essays from 13 different schools were received. All were judged on originality, grammar/structure and format. A total of 16 judges reviewed the entries.
Hoyack was a student in Mr. Arturo Moreno’s class at the time. Huber Middle School principal Andrea Overman, asked Patrick to read his essay at the end of the year’s honor’s assembly.
Patrick’s parents, Chuck and Alvina Hoyack say they are very proud of his accomplishments.