Sabrina A. Lao of Tupelo High School was selected as the first-place winner and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the Mayfield Law Firm’s annual charity ball earlier this month.
Ashlynne Wray of Pontotoc High School was given the second-place prize, a $500 scholarship.
Navnett K. Singh, also of Tupelo High School, was awarded the $300 third-place prize.
The contestants were required to submit a resume as well as an essay written on the theme of why it is better to give than receive.
“Our focal point is for talented youth in Mississippi to realize they don’t have to move away from the state,” said Eloise Mayfield, Mayfield Law Firm manager. “There is something they can offer and something to be offered to them here.”
Mayfield said contestants don’t have to stay in state, but the essay topic is always one to encourage that type of thinking.
The 2011 essay contest topic asked students why they should get their education and then remain in Mississippi.
“We have talented youth we want to retain in Mississippi and we want them to know the importance of giving back to their state and community,” Mayfield said.
She said last year’s winner, Joseph Rebentisch, reported back to the law firm this year with a 4.0 GPA in the accounting school at the University of Mississippi.