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STAMFORD, Conn. — An essay on the legality of bullying laws by a recent graduate of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering has been honored by the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Christopher Beadle was named runner-up in the Eleventh Annual Statewide Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Essay . The Stamford resident received a $1,500 savings bond at a ceremony at the Connecticut Supreme Court, a statement from the foundation said.

The student participants were asked to prepare a memorandum exploring the positives and negatives of amending the statute that requires schools to address cases of bullying that involve any of their students, no matter where an incident takes place. Panels that included judges at the Connecticut Supreme, Appellate, Superior Court and federal District Court levels; law school professors; and practicing attorneys evaluated the essays.

During the ceremony held June 2, Supreme Court Associate Justice Christine Vertefeuille presented Beadle with the bond. The other runner-up was Nicholas Kuvalanka from East Lyme High School . The winner was Paulina Jones-Torregrosa from South Windsor High School .

Beadle graduated from the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in June. He will attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he plans to major in political science, and intends to move on to law school afterward, the statement said.

Outside of the classroom he interns for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes , D-4th District, and works as an “A” Caddie at Woodway Country Club . He was also the captain of the debate team that finished 10th in the Connecticut Debate Association finals, and he finished ninth at the Yale Osterweis Debate Tournament

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is nonprofit organization founded in 1952 to administer interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts and the interest on Trust Account programs for the benefit of legal agencies and for law school scholarships.

Share your child’s accomplishments and awards with TheDailyStamford.com. Send photographs of your child and descriptions of their honor to reporter Anthony Buzzeo at tbuzzeo@TheDailyStamford.com .

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