McALLEN Five students from McAllen's Lamar Academy have placed in the top ten out of more than 200 applicants in a Constitutional essay contest. They were recognized at the Constitutional Essay Awards Banquet April 9 at the University of Texas-Pan American. All are students in the McAllen ISD International Baccalaureate Programme.

Pictured from left to right are Jorge Salazar, Sarah Cantu, Victoria Ochoa (the highest scoring junior in the contest), Rebecca Basaldua (first overall and winner of $10,000 scholarship) and Geoffrey Ballinger. Not pictured is Aaron Barrerio who made the top 20. All top 10 finishers won a laptop computer.