Through the Arts: Students capture our freedoms and rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Bishop Pearsall’s winning photograph.

Bishop Pearsall and Sofia de León’s works show the power of their civic voices. They won the Houston Bar Association’s 2018 Law Day Contest.

People across the country celebrate Law Day on May 1. Its purpose is to celebrate and appreciate the liberties Americans have. Law Day also serves to remind everyone how the rule of law protects our freedoms and our system of justice.

Law-Day-2018-LogoIn recognition of Law Day, the Houston Bar Association sponsors different contests each year. Kids and teens can compete several contests including poster and essay. Students in ninth through 12th grade are eligible to compete in the photography contest.

Photography Winner

1st Place — Bishop Pearsall @ Carver HS for Engineering, Applied Technology & The Arts

Poster Winner in 3rd-5th Grade Division

3rd Place — Sofia de León @ Bethune Academy for Mathematics, Science & Fine Arts


Sofia de León’s winning poster.

This year’s theme is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” Students explored how the U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches — Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity. Students’ work had to capture the specified topic.

The contest is open to all school districts in the Houston area. Entries had to be students’ original work. Photographs had to also show technical knowledge of good composition, exposure and lighting.

Bishop now advances to the state competition where he will represent Houston.

This is not the first time an Aldine ISD wins the photography contest. Carver HS students Dakota Barnett and Moises Castañeda won first place in 2017 and 2016, respectively. Miguel Parra from Victory Early College High School won first place in 2015.

The entries will be on display in courthouses and professional buildings in downtown Houston.


Dr. Michaelann Kelley

Dr. Michaelann Kelley praises the students’ work. Kelley is director of visual arts. Kelley also lauded the Houston Bar Association for using the arts to engage students. According to Kelley, the contest allows talented young artists to express cultural narratives and create identity. They do this through imagery that inspires emotions.

The HBA will recognize the AISD magnet school winners at the Law Day Luncheon, which is sponsored by the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) & Foundation. The event is set for April 24 with the Honorable Lee Rosenthal serving as keynote speaker.