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March 15, 2010


Massachusetts high school students have until April 1 to enter a video essay in the Massachusetts Bar Association's contest in hopes of winning a scholarship.

The contest marks Law Day on May 1, and videos must be submitted on the subject of "Diversity in the Law." Only students in grades nine to 12, who live in Massachusetts and attend schools in the state, are eligible.

To enter, students must complete an online entry form at www.MassBar.org/videocontest, post their original family friendly video (no copyrighted material) of one to three minutes in length to www.YouTube.com by 5 p.m. April 1, and mail a high-quality copy to the MBA.

A panel of four judges, including MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and Norfolk Probate and Family Court Associate Justice Angela N. Ordonez, who co-chair of the association's Diversity Task Force, which is providing funding for the winning scholarships, will select the winning entries based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality.

Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for honorable mention.

Scholarship winners and their families will be invited to attend a special ceremony and screening of their videos during the MBA's House of Delegates meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Dedham, on May 19. The event and contest celebrate Law Day, recognized nationally each May 1 to reflect on the importance of law and its effect on the country and society.

For full details on the contest, including a video and the rules, visit: www.MassBar.org/videocontest.

Superintendent sets coffee with residents

ANDOVER — Superintendent Claudia Bach will hold a "Coffee Chat" on Wednesday, March 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The public is welcome to meet with her and discuss subjects of interest at the Starbucks, 14 Main St. This is one of a series of dates that Bach set up at the beginning of the school year where anyone can stop by on that particular date.

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