Students from Deep River and Old Saybrook win $3,000 Middlesex Bar Association scholarships

MIDDLETOWN – The Middlesex County Bar Association recently awarded total funding of $3,000 to two Middlesex County high school students whose essays on “Towards a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change” were among the best submissions.

The Middlesex County Bar Association is a not-for-profit organization of barrister members who reside or work in the county of Middlesex. Its mission is to provide “meaningful” access to justice, to increase public understanding and respect for the rule of law and due process, according to a press release. It provides benefits to the public of Middlesex County and strives to deliver programs including the Bursary Scheme which has been in operation for over 15 years.

The successful applicants are Sophia Barker, a student at Old Saybrook High School, and Mercedes Peno, a student at Valley Regional High School.

This year’s successful applicants were judged on their academic achievement, community and school service, monetary need and the quality of their essays, said Old Saybrook attorney Richard F. Paladino, chairman of the scholarship committee, in a prepared statement.

This year, attorney Richard D. Carella, President of the Bar Association, led the association’s efforts of more than 110 members to continue the association’s tradition and, this year, at a luncheon live at The Inn at Middletown.

In his candidacy, Barker spoke of the true values ​​embodied in the Constitution, consideration of societal changes, and growth to adapt to future challenges. She plans to attend Suffolk University and eventually law school to earn a doctorate in law, the press release said.

Peno wrote that the Constitution was a model for a “vibrant” country and the importance of unity in improving the nation. She plans to attend Salve Regina University and major in Elementary and Special Education.

Andrew B. Reiter