COVID-19 Educational Challenge winners announced

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Justice Phillip Carbullido said that the theme of this year's State of the Judiciary has drastically changed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The District Court of Guam, the Judiciary of Guam, and the Guam Bar Association have announced the winners of their COVID-19 Educational Challenge.

116 students from the island’s public, private, and charter schools entered the contest.

Cash prizes of up to $200 were awarded to middle and high school students who gathered the most points on ICIVICS.ORG, an online learning resource that offers civics education.

Patrick Lagman, from Notre Dame, was awarded first place for the high school division and Chloe Vidallon from Mount Carmel Catholic School took home the top prize for the middle school category.

The Academy of Our Lady of Guam was recognized for having the most student participation and was rewarded with a class party that will be celebrated next school year.

And even though the contest was geared towards middle and high school students, Titus Hennegan from Inarajan Elementary School was given $25 in recognition of being the only elementary student who participated.

Chief Justice Philip Carbullido commended the students for taking part in the contest and encouraged them to apply what they learned to their lives.

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“Government can be used as a vehicle to affect change, to make a difference in our community. Or for yourself, who are going to become voters, to vote and make sure you’re going to put responsible leaders in our government,” Carbullido said.

The organizers of the COVID-19 Educational Challenge said that they hope to have similar contests in the near future.

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