Terry Polk (pictured center), a junior from Madison Preparatory Academy in Baton Rouge, was this year’s Southern Law Youth Network (SLYN) First Place Essay Recipient. He received his award and $1,000 scholarship during Southern University Law Center’s 2017 Barristers’ Ball on March 24. The award was presented to Mr. Polk by SULC Chancellor John K. Pierre and SLYN Program Director Alvarez Hertzock, III (pictured above – right). This year’s scholarship marked the largest scholarship award given by SLYN thus far.
Polk read an excerpt from his winning essay, where he said, “Overall, I’m aware that careers in the legal profession are serious and competitive, so sticking to my goals and remaining focused are my main priorities right now. I am proud to say that next year, I will be reaching the end of my high school journey. However, just like in elementary school, I still do believe that I can be anything I want to be and I’m glad that programs like SLYN are reaching out to students like me to inform us of our many possibilities.” Polk has aspirations of one day becoming a criminal justice attorney. SLYN will continue to support and inspire other students like him.
“Personally, this organization has given me much pride to have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of students and colleagues that take time out to remain active and vigilant in their community, in addition to developing their respective careers,” said Hertzock.
SLYN is a student-organized, scholarship-based outreach program created at SULC during the fall of 2015. Since its creation, the organization has visited over a dozen schools in the Baton Rouge Area, mentored approximately 500 students, and logged well over 450 volunteer hours among its members. SLYN members have not only donated their time and experience, but also their dollars to this cause.