‘There Ought to Be a Law ...’ Video contest open to area students

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Tennessee Bar Association’s fourth annual YouTube Video Contest is underway encourage middle- and high-school students to explore how laws are made, amended and repealed.

The contest, “There Ought to be a Law,” challenges students to create a three-minute video that discusses an issue they would like to see addressed through the legislative process.

“The TBA, as part of its public education mission, encourages middle- and high-school students to learn more about the ways laws are made and enforced,” said TBA President Cindy Wyrick, a Sevierville attorney.

The contest is open to individual students or groups of students from any Tennessee high school, middle school, home school or non-school-based organization, such as a Scout troop.

Middle school entries must be submitted by March 17. High school entries must be submitted by March 24.

Visit the TBA website at www.tba.org for information, including contest rules, entry forms and student resources.

Winning videos will be announced in late April and will be available for viewing on the TBA YouTube page.

Videos will be judged by a TBA committee based on adherence to the theme, significance of the topic and factual accuracy, as well as creativity and overall production quality.

“My hope is that, through this program, students across Tennessee will learn more about our system of government by exploring the range of issues lawmakers confront every day,” Wyrick said.

Students will compete for cash prizes for themselves and their sponsoring organizations.

First-place winners in each age division will have their videos shown to leaders of the state’s legal community at the TBAs convention in June in Gatlinburg.