Andover High School sophomore David Hu won first prize for an essay he wrote about the Massachusetts Constitution. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert B. Cordy presented him with a savings bond and a framed certificate during a special award ceremony May 16 at Andover High.

In his winning essay, Hu wrote about the importance of the Massachusetts Constitution in establishing the foundation of American democracy. The essay will be displayed in the John Adams Courthouse.

During the program at the high school, Cordy gave a brief history lesson on John Adams and the Constitution to nearly 100 students and teachers. Appeals Court Justice Mark V. Green spoke to the group about the significance of the Massachusetts Constitution's role in the development of a constitutional government. John Keh, social sciences content specialist for the Department of Education, discussed the value of civics education.

The high school essay contest is sponsored by the Supreme Judicial Court. Samantha Pickette, a sophomore at Stoughton High School, won second prize, and honorable mention went to Rory Cahill, a 10th-grader at Framingham High School.

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