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Women judges’ group awards scholarships for student essays

The Virginia Association of Women Judges has awarded $500 scholarships to two Virginia high school students who wrote winning essays about the benefits of women’s full participation in the legislative and judicial branches of government.

The VAWJ presented its scholarship awards at an April 30 luncheon at the Virginia State Capitol to Kariin A.M. Timmons (left) and Kelsey Hess (right), who are pictured above with Portsmouth General District Court Chief Judge Roxie O. Holder. Hess is a senior attending Rockbridge County High School and Timmons is a senior at Richmond Community High School. Holder said that in addition to offering financial assistance to students, the annual scholarship award is designed to increase awareness of the functions of, and women’s contributions to, the legislative and judicial branches of government.

Holder is president of the VAWJ, a chapter of the National Association of Women Judges, which includes female judges on Virginia’s state and federal court benches. The April 30 luncheon brought together sitting and retired judges, current and former legislators and members of state and local bar groups, to celebrate with the families and friends of the scholarship winners.

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