Phoenix students win national video competition

Join State Library of Arizona to celebrate May 13

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Mala Muralidharan, Director
State Library of Arizona
Phone: (602) 926-3870

Kim Crawford
Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 926-3810
[email protected]

PHOENIX – High school students in metro Phoenix won the 2014-2015 American Bar Association Magna Carta Video Competition for their video: “Magna Carta: What’s So Great about the ‘Great Charter’?” Their accomplishment is being celebrated Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. by the State Library of Arizona at the Arizona Capitol Museum.

“The knowledge these students show about the Magna Carta and how it relates to current events is thought provoking,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “It is our honor to celebrate these students in recognition of Law Day and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.”

The students; Allison Gooch, 16; Jacob Staudenmaier, 15; Joshua Babu, 14; and Dallas Greene, 15; attend schools in Phoenix and Scottsdale. These students formed their film production company, Babushka Productions, four years ago after meeting at a summer art class.

In attendance at the celebration will be Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice John Pelander; who will speak about the importance of the Magna Carta to the Bill of Rights; and State Librarian Joan Clark.

Justice Pelander remarked, “I join the Secretary of State in congratulating the four winning students, and more broadly all students and schools that participated in the Magna Carta competition. Their enthusiastic interest in this topic is very inspiring.  Though centuries old, the Magna Carta laid the foundation for some of our most basic rights and liberties. It has stood the test of time, and for that we should all be grateful.”   

The certificate and video presentation and will be under the copper dome of the Historic State Capitol, in the Arizona Capitol Museum. Entrance to the AzCM and parking are free. For more information contact the State Library of Arizona (602) 926-3870 or email.

The celebration is in coordination with Access to Justice programs of the State Library of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court.

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