Essay earns MHS student $500 prize

A Maui High School junior was one of six Hawaii high school students to win a $500 prize for an essay on volunteerism in a contest put on by two legal organizations.

Christopher Kim wrote the essay on the topic “Meaningful Volunteering and What It Means to Me.”

The contest required students to describe meaningful volunteering, why it is important and what it personally meant to them, a news release about the contest said.

Open to students in grades 10 to 12, the contest was organized by the Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission and the Hawai’i State Bar Association.

The student essay award recipients and five outstanding pro bono attorneys were honored at the 2013 Pro Bono Celebration, sponsored by the two organizations and held in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom in Honolulu on Oct. 24.

The event was part of a national program designed to raise awareness about the increased need for free legal services.

Coates & Frey, Cades Schutte, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Ashford & Wriston, Bays Lung Rose & Holma and Case Lombardi & Pettit put up the essay prize money.