The American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA), founded in 1946, is a voluntary legal organization of over 12,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Each year the AILA sponsors a writing contest for grade five students. Each state has a branch of the AILA and participates with its National Organization.
This year the topic for grade five students was “How Immigration Has Made America Great.” It was open to grade five students throughout the entire nation and each state. We are pleased to announce that two students from The Bridges Academy placed first and second in this statewide writing competition.
Abby Schwartz was awarded first place and Jake Chinappi took second place in their respective essays. Each student with their family has been invited to the AILA meeting at New York Law School on June 2nd to read their essays. Each student will be awarded a check for their accomplishment and Abby Schwartz’ essay will be sent to the national organization for contention of the national essay competition.