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Forest Hills HS and Madison HS Students Win Citywide We the People Constitutional Law Contest

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Winning We the People teams from Forest Hills High School and James Madison High School earned the top two finalist spots heading for the New York State competition.

On December 13, 2014, the NYC DOE Justice Resource Center hosted over 160 students at the We The People NYC competition at MLK High School. Classes of students from Forest Hills High School, James Madison High School, Harry S. Truman, Midwood High School, Queens Vocational and Technical High School presented arguments and answered judges’ questions during multiple rounds of mock Congressional hearings.

The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Progrram began in 1987 through the Center for Civic Education and promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The Justice Resource Center, in partnership with the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), offer NYC high schools the opportunity to participate in the program.

The We the People competition is the yearly culminating event of the NYC program. Teams of students present for four minutes based on the six units in the text. Volunteer attorneys, politicians, and professors serve on the judges panel and ask students questions for the final six minutes of the competition. Each team is scored based on their overall performance.

This year, Forest Hills High School and James Madison High School earned the top two finalist spots. Both teams will be competing in Albany at the NY State competition with an eye towards winning the championship enabling them to advance to the national competition.

Download the competition’s Hearing Questions and see how well you would do in front of a panel of judges.

Forest Hills HS Students Are New York State Constitutional Law Champions

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Last Saturday, a team from Forest Hills High School (pictured above) won First Place in the New York State Finals of the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association. Second Place was won by the James Madison High School team, this year’s New York City winner. The Forest Hills students will go on to the National Finals April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Now in its 27th 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. A sample question: What is the relationship, if any, between the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, natural rights philosophy, and the Declaration of Independence?

Law-related CTE programs at 36 high schools around the city get technical support from the NYC DOE’s Justice Resource Center.

Fund Drive for Forest Hills HS Legal Scholars in the Daily News

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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 tkelly8@schools.nyc.gov.