Cilla Jose, of Southeast Career Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the fifth week winner of the Supreme Court of Nevada’s Law Day 2014 Easy Essay Contest. Miss Jose has won a $100 cash card for her winning entry. The essay was chosen by judges ahead of 78 other entries as the best in Week Five of the contest.
In addition, Tyler Paraiso, of Southwest Career Technical Academy in Las Vegas, and Shayenne Camacho, of Centennial High School in Las Vegas, will be awarded, respectively, $50 and $25 cash cards, for winning second and third place in the writing contest.
The Easy Essay Contest – involving essays of 100 words or less – concluded April 25, 2014 and these are the final week winners. During the five weeks of the contest, three weekly winners received $100, $50, and $25 cash cards courtesy of Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry in cooperation with the State Bar of Nevada.
Each Monday a new essay question was posted on the Supreme Court’s Law Day webpage with the winning essays posted each week to showcase the talents of Nevada’s students.
Week Five Question:
Elections can be about more than individual races and individual candidates. While most laws are made by the Legislature, voters can create law or changes to the Nevada Constitution through ballot questions and the initiative process. Are ballot questions and initiatives a good way to make laws? Why?
Here is Cilla Jose’s winning essay:
Cilla Jose, Southeast Career Technical Academy
$100 Cash Card
Ballot questions and initiatives were designed 110 years ago for one purpose; direct democracy for the people. In the past twenty-five years, these measures have provoked increased voter turnout rates in the states they have been implemented. As well as attracting more of the general public to the polls, ballot questions and initiatives have sanctioned citizens to speak on matters that they are passionate about, engrossing them in supplementary legal progressions. Rather than solely voting for a politician and hoping that the individual will deliver on his preliminary promises, civilians are given the power to have their voices be heard.
Tyler Paraiso, Southwest Career Technical Academy
$50 Cash Card
Initiative, referendum, and recall reinvigorated interest in politics during the Progressive Era of the US. The main purpose of this process is to eradicate corruption in the federal government by allowing the populace to have a voice regarding legislation passed in their state. Prior to the ratification of the initiative, referendum, and recall process, corporations held a remarkable foothold over the government because of their trusts. Ballot questions are an integral portion of US politics because it is more inclusive of the state population’s opinion over a piece of legislation rather than the select few.
Shayenne Camacho, Centennial High School
$25 Cash Card
Every single person in the United States have a right to be heard. Not only do the legislatives make the laws but so do the people in our own country. Over time many people were granted the opportunity to be heard. So they bring their ideas to make a law that can improve or keep away from endangering their surroundings. Ballots and initiatives are a good idea to pass laws. This way the people can have a say in the new incoming law. Citizens are the people obeying them, so why shouldn’t they be able to make a law that is reasonable.