After winning the New York State Finals in the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association, students from Forest Hills High School were invited to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April. Now they need to raise money to get to Washington. Daily News reporter Claire Trapasso describes the fundraising effort in a story in today’s paper.
Now in its 26th year, the We the People Program takes the form of simulated congressional hearings n which students testify as constitutional experts. From the web site:
Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students’ depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the seventy-two judges with an excellent means of assessing students’ knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.
Test your own knowledge of the constitution by downloading a PDF of the Hearing Questions.
Law-related CTE programs at roughly 36 high schools around the city get technical support from the NYC DOE’s Justice Resource Center.
Forest Hills High School is almost half the way to its fundraising goal. To make a donation, call the school at (718) 268-3137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.