Saturday, January 29, 2011

We the People - revisited

Earlier in the month, I wrote about the "We the People" program, which concerns the efforts of high school students in a moot court type of setting.  Since then, the state's winning team has been announced (John Stark Regional High School) and that team moves on to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C.  Below are two articles which appeared in the NH Bar News about the event.  Click on, read on and enjoy!

"We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution" is a local, state-wide and national program designed to encourage our children to learn more about the history of our country, its Constitution and laws. Yesterday’s state finals showed that the New Hampshire program is an unqualified success with the participating high school students demonstrating a high level of knowledge and admirable poise.

Click on the inks below to learn more about this valuable learning resource for our children:

The program enhances students’ understanding of democracy with historical studies applied to current events.  Students in grades 1-12 may participate.

High School Competition:  Students at the high school level participate in group competitions that simulate Senate Hearings, with regionals held in December of each year, state finals held in January, with the top-performing high school in the state moving on to the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

NH State Finals:  On January 7, 2011, I was privileged to be one of the volunteers to implement the New Hampshire State Finals held at the Legislative Office Building at the state capital, in Concord, New Hampshire. The program was sponsored by the NH Bar Association, headed by Robin E. Knippers, NH Bar Law Related Education Coordinator  and supplemented by legal professionals, public officials and NH Bar volunteers. 

The three high schools participating in the finals were: Milford High School (Dave Alcox, teacher), John Stark Regional High School (Daniel Marcus, teacher) and Nashua High School-North (Tarin LaFrance Smart, teacher). While only one of the high schools could move on to the National competition, all three were outstanding.

Volunteers:  The judging panels including Attorneys Michael C. Diaz, Barbara Keshen, Lisa R. Rick, Randy S. Gordon, Martin P. Honigberg, John F. Weaver, Jeffrey M. Brown, Kathleen A. Sternenberg, Janet Hay Subers, Talesha L. Cayon, Kevin O’Neill, Thomas X. Tsirimokos, Kenneth J. Barnes, Risa Evan, Howard J. Zibel, N. William Delker, Abigail J. Sykas and Senator Robert Letourneau, Attorneys Patricia S. Gardner and Janna Cummings as timers, Arthur Pease as timer (also District 1 Coordinator), and NH Bar Staff Rose Anocibar, Lisha Brosseau, Carolann Wooding, Susan Lakeway and Emily Whiteman in addition to Robin E. Knippers.



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