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White honors student law contest winners

Austeja Stanciauskas
Carter Foster
Isabelle Rogers
Kaitlyn Martinsen

Four students from schools within the 170th Legislative District have been chosen as the winners in the There Ought to be a Law contest, sponsored by Rep. Martina White.

“Each year the submissions are creative and well-organized; this year was no different,” White said. “The subjects offered by the students were diverse and thought-provoking, which reflects well on their parents and teachers.”

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The proposed laws were judged by a panel consisting of Councilman Brian O’Neill, 8th Police District community relations officer Chris Hanejko and longtime police department advocate Elsie Stevens.

The winners are:

• Isabelle Rogers, Philadelphia Academy Charter School, fourth grade. Law: Require cameras on school buses to automatically ticket motorists who speed through school zones.

• Carter Foster, St. Christopher, fourth grade. Law: Mandate the inclusion of sports facilities in all city parks, as participation in sports promotes physical fitness, mental development and community bonding opportunities.

• Austeja Stanciauskas, St. Anselm, fifth grade. Law: Have parking tickets fund charities that fund housing for veterans.

• Kaitlyn Martinsen, Stephen Decatur, fifth grade. Law: Require community service once a month.

The winners have been invited to the Capitol to have lunch with White and tour the historic building. They will also be recognized on the House floor. ••

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