Social Biases in the Courtroom Scholarship Winner

2018 Winner: Kylie Gardner

My name is Kylie Gardner and I am currently a dual enrollment student at North Carolina Connections Academy and Forsyth Technical Community College. I will graduate in June 2019 with my high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. I will attend the Fall 2019 semester at King University in Bristol, TN to obtain a double major in Digital Media Art and Design as well as Political Science as a college junior at the age of sixteen. Finally, upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I will enroll in law school to obtain a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degree.

In my spare time, I race mountain bikes in cross-country, dual slalom, and downhill disciplines. I am currently nationally ranked #1 in dual-slalom and #2 in downhill for my age group. I serve as Senior Class President, Youth Student Mentor, and prom queen as well as have received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for my school. I am a National Honor Society member, Phi Theta Kappa member, and a Morehead-Cain nominee. Additionally, I represent the constituents of North Carolina District 13 as a political intern for Congressman Ted Budd and work part-time for Salem Professional Anesthesia Services.

Reaction Statement: To say I was shocked to win the Warshauer Law Group Scholarship is an understatement. Receiving the voicemail that detailed my win caused me to jump from my seat and dance around my family living room. Just being considered, let alone win, despite my age (16) and the idea that I am not a true college student, but rather a dually enrolled high schooler is a tremendous honor. Due to my age, it has been a struggle to be taken seriously when covering topics of great importance, such as the essay prompt: Describe Social Bias in the Courtroom. Therefore, to be selected as the winner of the scholarship reaffirmed my belief that I am capable of distinguishing between the easily-hidden truths and facades that encase the career I wish to pursue despite the idea that some may carry of me being too young to accomplish this.

I truly appreciate being the Warshauer Law Group Scholarship winner and cannot describe the true honor it is to be chosen as the recipient. This essay was a moment of recognition for me, and I am delighted a venerable establishment such as the Warshauer Law Group has chosen me.