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Bronxville High School junior Aarna P. has been recognized with an honorable mention award in the Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s 2021 Bill of Rights Day Contest.

The annual contest challenged students from across Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties to respond to a situation in the form of an essay, song, poem, video, play script or any other creative format. This year’s scenario dealt with freedom of speech and use of TikTok on school grounds. Aarna P. entered the competition by submitting an essay.

“I feel fortunate that I attend a school that encourages critical thinking on such important topics,” Aarna P. said. “Freedom of speech is the most fundamental of rights enshrined in the United States Constitution. It is important for students to understand the scope of freedom of speech in schools, and I was grateful for this chance to learn and write more about this issue.”

According to organizers, the contest was designed to give students a vehicle to openly voice their informed opinions about the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Aarna P. said she was grateful to her history teacher, Steve Klurfeld, for encouraging her to enter the competition. 

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