Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education for New York City

City Schools Compete in Constitutional Law Finals, Townsend Harris Takes Second

Four New York City high schools made it to the state Finals of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution competition in Albany on March 17, 2010. Students from Edward R. Murrow High School, Forest Hills High School, James Madison High School and Townsend Harris High School studied for months to prepare for their roles as experts testifying on constitutional issues in simulated congressional hearings. A panel of 19 judges rated the students on their knowledge of the Constitution and their ability to relate today’s news and court cases to various constitutional principles.

Townsend Harris Takes Second Place, Forest Hills Takes Third

Nine schools from around the state entered the Albany contest, and the First Place winner goes on to the national competition. The New York State Finals results show city schools in good position:

1st Place: Half Hollow Hills East / Dix Hills
2nd Place: Townsend Harris HS / Flushing
3rd Place: Forest Hills HS / Forest Hills

Unit 1: James Madison / Brooklyn
Unit 2: Smithtown HS East / Smithtown
Unit 3: Edward R. Murrow / Brooklyn
Unit 4: News Visions / Albany
Unit 5: Westfield HS/ Westfield
Unit 6: Herricks / New Hyde Park

The Center for Civics Education sponsors the program with support from the New York State Bar Association and the Justice Resource Center.