Claremore High School students from teacher Jan McClaren’s enriched Humanities class were recently announced winners of the YouTube video contest for Oklahoma Law Day’s annual art and writing contests.
CHS juniors Sam Lillie, Justin Reede and Kelsey Wheeler received the first-place award and a cash prize of $100 from Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert Monday at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Students were to create a three-minute-or-less video that incorporated this year’s Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The theme was selected in honor of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Law Day tradition began in 2005 when the American Bar Association (ABA) honored the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) with the Outstanding Law Day Activity Award for the various art and writing contests. A record number of Oklahoma students — more than 2,000 — participated.
“My students have participated in the Law Association’s contest off and on for several years,” said J. McClaren. “I was working for George Washington’s Mount Vernon and was not in the classroom for a few years, so we are just getting back into this contest.”
McClaren said the contest helps students learn about Oklahoma, the U.S. and government while using their creativity to produce a project. Students were to educate and entertain the viewer while using their videography skills.
“Sam, Justin and Kelsey are all musically talented,” she said. “They wrote and sang an original song which can be viewed on YouTube.”