Maryland Judiciary Annual Report 2021


The Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) held its 16th annual bookmark art contest and announced 10 student winners and 14 honorable mentions from schools throughout Maryland. Students were asked to create bookmarks on the theme of preventing or resolving conflicts peacefully. Contest winners in kindergarten through eighth grade were announced at an awards ceremony and reception for students and parents hosted by MACRO and featuring then Court of Appeals of Maryland Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty. “I am honored to meet with students and their families to congratulate them on their creativity and thoughtfulness in creating award-winning artwork featuring ways to peacefully resolve conflicts,” said Chief Judge Getty. “I am inspired by their work and pleased to know that young people are being educated about peace-making and conflict resolution,

The awards ceremony followed a reception for the young artists whose bookmark entries were pinned on boards throughout the lobby of the Maryland Judicial Center. The winners’ bookmarks were displayed alongside their ribbons at the front of the lobby. Chief Judge Getty announced the prize winners and congratulated each student. The students were honored with a round of applause from friends and family in the audience. Many of this year’s partipcants created impressive artwork with uplifting messages like “Everyone is different, so just be you,” “Spread kindness like butter,” and “Heal the world.”

especially in these challenging times. This is a critical skill, and I am encouraged to know that parents and teachers are working with students on conflict resolution and positive, peaceful alternatives to violence.”

Then Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, Court of Appeals of Maryland (center), pictured with parents and the participants of the Maryland Judiciary’s annual student art contest.

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