The Law Firm of Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney recently announced Jillian Richardson, a recent graduate of Wakulla High School, as the eighteenth recipient of the firm’s annual Freedom Scholarship Essay Contest.
“In an effort to promote education and awareness of American liberties, we ask students from Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden and Jefferson Counties to write about: The Bill of Rights: What they mean to me as an American,” said Dean LeBoeuf, managing partner of the law firm. “The winning contestant, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, is awarded $2,500 to assist with their future educational expenses. To date, $45,000 to our Freedom Scholarship winners.”
As stated in her winning essay, Jillian reveres the First Amendment, which provides a simple, yet effective path for citizens to redress their grievances and to participate in democracy. She acknowledges that as someone born in this country, it can be difficult to imagine what life would be like without these rights, but by studying history and current examples of other systems in the world, she appreciates the wisdom of our founding fathers who crafted the Bill of Rights. Jillian credits the First Amendment as being integral to her sense of what it means for her to be an American.
Jillian received the award accompanied by her mother, Nancy, who teaches English at SAIL. Jillian will be attending the University of Florida in the fall and is planning on studying astrophysics. She hopes to use her talents for research and educational purposes. While in high school, Jillian played the flute in band and worked twenty hours a week at the famous Myra Jean’s Restaurant in Crawfordville. She was also President and one of the founding members of the Educational Enrichment Council of Wakulla County which has raised over $16,000 for charities in her community.
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Authored by Sophie Ryan