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Top-10 Finalists Announced for the 2021 High School Essay Content - Tampa

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This is the 2021 High School Essay Contest - Bill of Rights logo.

The judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, and the lawyers of the Bench Bar Fund and the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association announce, in alphabetical order, the finalists of the 2021 High School Essay Contest.


  Maria Clara Melo Fontoura, Pine View School

  Madison Hillyer, Thomas Jefferson High School

  Bailee C. Juszczyk, Winthrop College Prep Academy

  Arabella Le, Pine View School

  Emily MacDonald, Strawberry Crest High School

  Maria Maiotti, Pine View School

  Sohan Malladi, Land O' Lakes High School

  Riley Pflug, Pine View School

  Zane Tisdale, Pine View School

  Pranav Verma, Strawberry Crest High School


The lawyers and judges of the Middle District, Tampa Division, congratulate the top ten finalists and thank all students who submitted essays and the teachers and administrators who encouraged them to do so.  With nearly 600 essay submissions, we sincerely appreciate the contributions of all the participating students, teachers, and schools, which made this year’s contest such a success.

All finalists will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14 B of the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse. Prizes will be awarded to all student winners and grants presented to teachers and schools at that time.

November 24, 2021