The Carter County Bar Association has awarded the annual Law Day Scholarships for $1,000.

All three recipients had to submit an essay on a designated topic, their transcript and a resume that demonstrated leadership and character.

Ivan Guerra and John Black received scholarships in memory of attorney and civic leader James W. Williams. Maddy Seals received a scholarship in memory of attorney and District Judge Kenneth Shilling.

Ivan Guerra

Guerra wrote about making immigrant naturalization easier.

The Dickson High School senior is the son of Moraima and Eduardo Guerra.

"My parents are Cuban immigrants, so it seemed natural to write about it," Guerra said. "It seems it would cost more to get illegal immigrants out of the country than to make naturalization easier."

Guerra plans to study computer science at the University of Oklahoma.

"There are a lot of jobs working with computers," he said. "There is a lot of math and logic-based thinking, which I like."

His favorite hobby is visiting the Ardmore Sk8 Park and teaching tricks to younger skaters.

"It's not like other sports where it's competitive," Guerra said. "You meet other people and make friends."

John Black

Black wrote about legalizing gay marriage.

"I am proud that at the end of the day, we have a court system that will affirm civil rights instead of leaving them to the legislature and politics," Black said.

He is the son of Charles and Ann Black.

Black co-founded the new Youth In Government chapter at Plainview High School.

"So many kids have been inspired by public service and found a public voice," he said. "So often, kids don't realize we have a state government that affects their lives much more than the federal one. It's also the first time many engage in public speaking."

Black plans to study economics and Arabic at the University of Oklahoma. He plans to join the Foreign Service.

"I'm interested in economic collapse and redevelopment," he said. "I'm interested in that whole system by which economies can collapse and be rebuilt, like in Brazil."

Maddy Seals

Seals also wrote about legalizing gay marriage.

"I constantly hear it's a sin, but I wanted to share my opinion that it's not any of my business," she said.

She is the daughter of David and Babette Seals.

As a member of First United Methodist Church, Seals participates in a variety of volunteer activities. She has also served as a Chickasaw Regional Library System teen volunteer.

The volunteer work helped her decide to study communication sciences and disorders at Oklahoma State University.

"I would love to help kids and adults with speech impediments," Seals said.