Beaver County Student Wins Statewide Law Day Contest

HARRISBURG (April 29, 2008) - Connor Ward, a fifth grade student at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, Beaver, has won the statewide Law Day poster contest coordinated by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and funded by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

Ward will be honored for his work during a 50th anniversary Law Day celebration taking place at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 2, in the State Capitol Rotunda. His winning artwork is used on the event program cover and on the cover of the Law Day lesson planning guide made available to lawyers, judges and teachers throughout the state. Karen Balaban, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, will present Ward with a certificate and a $100 savings bond.

President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day a "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law." Pennsylvania's 2008 Law Day theme, "Growing Strong Citizens," explores the meaning of the rule of law and its role in a free society.

The 11-year old Ward enjoys math and science and attends the C-Mites summer program offered to talented elementary students by Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Peek N Peak Junior Travel Downhill Ski Race team located in Findley Lake, New York, the Under 12 Brighton Township travel soccer team and Boy Scout Troop 407.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.