2024 RBG Essay & Art Contest Winners Recognized at Women in Law Leadership Lecture

The essay and artwork contest winners hail from Woodbridge Elementary School, Segue Institute for Learning, and Mount Saint Charles Academy.

2024 RBG Essay/Art Contest Winners
2024 RWU Law RBG Winners announced at the RWU Women in Law Leadership Lecture on April 4.
(L to R) Visaagan Vipakaran, Woodridge Elementary School, Grade 5; Avery Blais, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Grade 9; Rosie Hidalgo, Director, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice; Emily Sack, RWU Law Professor; Reese Lourenco, Segue Institute for Learning, Grade 6; RWU Law Women's Law Society President Andrea Staehelin L'24; and Gregory W. Bowman, RWU Law Dean.

One of the highlights of the recent Women in Law Leadership Lecture, featuring guest Director Rosie Hidalgo of the US Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and RWU Law's Prof. Emily J. Sack, was the presentation of the 2024 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Essay/Art Contest.

Elementary School Winner (Grades K-5)
Visaagan Vipakaran's artwork entitled "Equality for All People" won the prize for art. Visaagan is a Grade 5 student at Woodridge Elementary School.

Middle School Winner (Grades 6-8)
Reese Lourenco's essay, "The Great Influence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," earned the Middle School prize. Reese is a Grade 6 student at Segue Institute for Learning. According to Reese, the late RBG inspired with her bravery and perseverance.

High School Winner (Grades 9-12)
Avery Blais's essay, “The RBG Within ME,” secured her the High School prize. For this Grade 9 student of Mount Saint Charles Academy, RBG is a goal—a symbol of perseverance in paving the way for the next generation of Americans, serving as a reminder for Avery not to give up.

Information on the annual RBG Essay/Art Contest, this year's winners, as well as copies of the essays and an image of the winning artwork, may be found at this link.