Wiltonian Olivia Phelan was named a runner-up in this year\u2019s Oral Kids Court Competition at the State Capitol in Hartford, on June 9.Sponsored by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the event concluded a month-long essay contest where students selected one of the following topics to analyze: Standing Out: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Cool Kids: The Social Cost of Social Media. Safe and Sound: My Neighborhood, My School. You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea: The Hidden Challenges of Living with a Disability. All About That Bass: How Does Popular Culture Influence Women\u2019s Rights? Participants were divided into two groups \u2014 Division A for grades 9-12 and Division B for grades 6-8\u00a0\u2014 and the five students with the highest scoring papers in each division went on to compete for prizes in the oral competition. Olivia, who was in Division A, wrote her essay on the cost of social media on youth, arguing that \u201cthe pseudo-reality and increased self-absorption created by social media leaves teens feeling isolated ... more superficial, competitive and less social creatures.\u201d Olivia and five other Division A finalists presented their essays and answered questions from a panel of judges, who judged the finalists on: Their understanding of the topic question about which they chose to write. The consistency and persuasiveness of their argument. Their understanding of civil rights. The creativity exhibited in their argument. Their poise and responsiveness to the judges\u2019 questions. As a runner up this year, Olivia received CHRO paraphernalia and a certificate from the State of Connecticut. Olivia also participated in the competition last year, coming in first on the strength of her essay on the \u201cBan the Bossy\u201d campaign. She received a proclamation from the governor\u2019s office, a citation from the legislature, a plaque and $350. Click here\u00a0to learn more about Kids Court.