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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Draylen Mason Memorial Essay Competition!

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Laura de la Garza

Winners were selected for their outstanding essays answering the question, "What is the most important legal issue facing your community and what can be done to make a difference?" Each winner received a laptop computer and was invited to attend the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon. 

Celeste Avila


Martin Middle School

Zion Samuel

Gun Violence

Wayside Middle School

Yadira Garduno

Gun Violence

Dailey Middle School

Jayleen Maldonado


Mendez Middle School

Joel Johnson

Gun Control

Dobie Middle School

Yadira Mandujano


Fulmore Middle School

Mayra Luna


Del Valle Middle School

Alexis Manzanares

Police Brutality

Webb Middle School


The annual HBAA essay contest encourages middle school students in majority-minority schools to think about higher education and a career in law. This year, the HBAA chose to rename the essay competition the Draylen Mason Memorial Essay Competition, in honor of the 2013 essay competition winner whose life was tragically cut short earlier this year.

Thank you to all who participated, and a special thanks to our Education Outreach Committee:

Salvador Davila, Chair
Belinda Arambula 
Anthony Arguijo 
Jesse Butler 
Manuel Escobar 
Ana Estrada 
Lulu Flores 
Laura Garcia 
Cathy Garza
Vanessa Gonzalez
Maria T. Cantu Hexsel
Lisa Londergan
Carol Longoria
Eliana Maruri
Roswill Mejia
Betsy Peticolas
Carlos Salinas
Celeste Villarreal