Murt Announces Winners in ‘There Ought to Be a Law’ Contest
HARRISBURG -- A fourth-grader who argued that school buses should have seatbelts has been named the overall winner of the 2014 “There Ought to Be a Law” contest sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia).

With seatbelts, “kids wouldn’t be prancing around and causing pandemonium,” wrote Julia Foerst, a fourth-grader from the Upper Moreland Intermediate School, in her essay which took the top spot in Murt’s contest.

All of the contest winners will be treated to a day in Harrisburg with their families where they will receive a tour of the Capitol hosted by Murt.

“We began this contest to encourage students to become engaged in their government by thinking about how legislation is born and how proposals become laws,” Murt said.

Murt received 250 entries from third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in schools throughout the 152nd Legislative District. The final winners—one from each grade and one overall winner—were chosen by an independent three-member panel.

Maura O’Donnell, the third-grade winner who attends Our Lady of Mercy, wrote about chemical additives in food. After listing unhealthy foods, Maura warned that the foods are making us unhealthy, but “you just don’t know it.”

Two fourth-graders, Kyle Raskopin and Max Lustig, worked as a team. Along with Bodhi Childs, the three students were named the fourth-grade contest winners. Raskopin and Lustig, of Pine Road School, argued that smoke detectors should be required in every building because “they save your friends, your loved ones, and you.”

Childs, of the Upper Moreland Intermediate School, argued that inmates in prison should be paid a minimum wage. That way “they can save the money or have it sent to the inmate’s family,”
Childs wrote.

Christopher Tait, the fifth-grade contest winner, from Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, recommended that everyone under 18 years of age who plays organized baseball be required to wear protective eyewear. Tait suffered a severe eye injury when he was hit by a line drive. “I don’t want other children to have to go through what I went through,” he wrote.

“I want to thank everyone who took part in this contest, including the families and teachers of all of the students who participated” Murt said. “I am certain there are many future legislators in our schools right now.”

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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