The Righteous Man Steals First Place in the Righting a Wrong Video Contest

May 07, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A student from Monongalia County walked away $1,000 richer Friday as part of the Righting a Wrong video contest sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Department of Education. 

Erik Abrahams, a student at Morgantown High School, claimed the first place spot for his video titled “Righteous Man.” During a special ceremony during The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference, Abrahams was presented with a $1000 check. Abrahams also earned an overnight stay at The Greenbrier as part of the contest.

“When I heard about this contest, I immediately knew I had to submit a project,” Abrahams said. “I have always enjoyed video production and this project gave me the incentive to take my hobby to the next level.”

Second place went to Jesse Cook of East Hardy High School in Hardy County received $500 for his video “Purple Heart.” Third place went to Cody Means and Brooks Paine, of Hurricane High School in Putnam County, who received $250 for a video on partisan elections. All the videos can be viewed by clicking on

"The idea of the video contest was to reach as many West Virginia students as possible to help them understand the importance of the justice system," said Bar President Sandra Chapman. “It is important in a democratic society to encourage students to express their ideas and interest in the law and the role it plays.”

The contest was open to West Virginia public school students in grades 9 through 12. It gave participants the chance to create a video about a wrong that they would right, an injustice they would correct, or something that they would remedy within the judicial system.

Videos were judge based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality. The West Virginia State Bar expects to use Righteous Man as part of its outreach campaign to educate the public about the law profession.

For more information, please contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558- 2699.

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