Valhalla High Senior Adam Lee won a $5000 college scholarship from the American Civil Liberties Union in recognition of his dual passions: defending civil liberties and filmmaking.

Lee, a volunteer with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, created a short documentary about Malia Fontana, an ACLU client and high school student who was disciplined for wearing a small American flag in her back pocket. Lee's film was shown in a number of high school classrooms on Constitution Day, to engage students in thinking about free speech and students' rights.

"Adam loves life, he fights for what he believes in, he cares about his world, and his films express that admirably," said Rebecca Rauber, Communications Director for the ACLU San Diego. "Adam is the real deal – he isn't posing as an activist to get into college or to win a scholarship; he is a born organizer."

The scholarships are awarded annually to honor the efforts of graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights through student activism.

San Diego Union-Tribune article on Adam Lee

Adam Lee's Scholarship Essay

Adam Lee essay.pdf