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SIS student tops essay-writing contest

YOU Sun Lee, a junior at Saipan International School, won first place in the NMI-level essay-writing contest organized by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

This year’s theme was, “The 4th Amendment in the 21st century: What is an ‘unreasonable search and seizure’ in the digital age?”

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Federal Magistrate Judge Heather Kennedy  with law clerk Daria Campion and students You Sun Lee of SIS, center, Matt Jason Moran and Bom Lee of Mount Carmel School.
Saipan Southern High School students Chenille A. Geronimo, Marjorie J. Agana, Nikka Nate, Roma Malasarte and Rainalyn Reyes with Federal Magistrate Judge Heather Kennedy and law clerk Daria Campion.  Photos by Bryan Manabat

The 4th Amendment protects “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects.”

District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather Kennedy and law clerk Daria Campion announced the winners of the essay-writing and short video contests on Monday.

“I thought the theme was very interesting and fun to write about,” Lee said, adding that Judge Kennedy inspired her to learn and write about the topic after the magistrate judge talked about the civic contest at her school.

It was Lee’s first time to join an essay-writing competition.

Matt Jason Moran of Mount Carmel School won second place while Bom Lee, also from MCS, took third place in the contest.

In the short-video competition, Chenille A. Geronimo, Marjorie J. Agana, and Nikka Nate of Saipan Southern High School won first prize.

The sophomore students said their teacher Michelle Rasa encouraged them to submit an entry.

Their animated video explains how the 4th Amendment applies to everyday life.

A short video produced by SSHS students Roma Malasarte, Rainalyn Reyes and Edward Labador won the second prize.

All winners received cash prizes and certificates.

According to Judge Kennedy, the first prize-winning essay and short video will be submitted to the Ninth Circuit to compete with the 15 other district-level winners.

The district courts in the Ninth Circuit include those in Alaska, Arizona, Central California, Eastern California, Northern California, Southern California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI.

Winners at the circuit level will receive $2,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second prize, $500 for third prize, plus travel and accommodations to attend the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Spokane, Washington state.

Judge Kennedy said the winners for the circuit level will be announced in June.

In the CNMI, a total of 19 entries for essay and short-video categories were submitted by students in private and public schools.