Pitman High School student Andrea Meraz was selected as one of 19 winners in Stanislaus County for the American Heritage Scholarship Series Essay Contest, which had nearly 200 essay entries.
Meraz was recognized for her essay and earned a $100 scholarship.
As part of the essay contest students had to support their response focused on the rights of public schools to seize and search an individual student’s electronic devices.
Students had to support their responses with information, their knowledge of U.S. History and government, and cite a minimum of three other sources.
One of the primary goals of the American Heritage Scholarship is to teach students to think critically about issues affecting the United States and increasing their awareness of what it means to be an American.
A group of local educators, editors, community leaders, Superior Court Judges and representatives from the legal community judged the essays.
To read Andrea Meraz’s essay click here.