The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities hosted its annual Kids Court Competition at the State Capitol Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The competition caps off a month-long essay contest in which students from around the state submitted essays about civil rights issues in our nation, state, and local communities. This year’s essay topics focused on cyberbullying, religious discrimination, immigration, homelessness and feminism.

2017 Kids Court Judges
The Judges for the Kids Court Competition

At the competition, the students with the top scoring essays presented their essays before a panel of judges. This year’s judges are the Honorable Juliett Crawford, the Honorable Dawne Westbrooke, Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa Avery, Representative Jeff Currey, Dr. Darryl Burke and Felice Duffy, Esq.




This year’s high school runners up were Emily Downey and Priscilla Nascimento from Watertown High School. The high school winners were Daniel Coppinger in Third Place from Simsbury High School, Lily Muzzarelli in Second Place, and Esther Nguyen in First Place both from Windsor Locks High School.

The middle school runners up were Krithika Santhanam from Irving A. Robbins Middle School and Caitlyn Ouellette from Northeast Middle School. This year’s middle school winners were Jamalaldeen Obaid in Third Place from Windsor Locks Middle School, Brigid Hannon in Second Place from Putnam Middle School and Zainab Hasan in First Place from Northeast Middle School.