HALF HOLLOW HILLS EAST HIGH SCHOOL WINS NORTHEAST
REGIONAL AWARD AT THE 23rd ANNUAL NATIONAL “WE THE PEOPLE”
Long Island High School Recognized for Excellence
in Knowledge of the US Constitution
Students from Long Island’s Half Hollow Hills East High School
(Dix Hills) were awarded the Northeast Regional Award at the national
finals of this year’s We the People: The Citizen and the
Constitution competition held recently in Arlington, Virginia and
Washington, D.C. Recognized for excellence in knowledge of the
Constitution and for applying constitutional principles to current
events, the students from Half Hollow Hills East High School continued
their success after winning the competition’s statewide
championship in March.
The annual three-day final competition is the culminating activity of
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, the most extensive
education program of its kind in the nation. The New York State Bar
Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Program (LYC) administers
the nationwide program in New York. LYC is the third-largest civics and
law-related education program in the country.
“The We the People competition is a wonderful program for
students to showcase their talents in civics,” said James Hanlon,
chair of the LYC Program. “Our committee has been a proud sponsor
of the program for many years, and applauds the recent success of our
New York State winner, Half Hollow Hills, for its regional award at the
We the People national finals.”
Led by teacher Scott Edwards, the class from Half Hollow Hills East
High School was presented with the Northeast Regional Award for having
the highest cumulative score during the first two days of the
prestigious national competition. Students representing all 50 states,
the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands participated
in several simulated congressional hearings covering topics on the
Constitution and on the Bill of Rights.
Students participating on behalf of Half Hollow Hills East High
School included: Sonia Bonsal, William Choi, Suraj Chopra, Suhaira
Choudry, Sara Cordano, Jacob Dorfman, Rahul Doshi, Carly Emmer, Spencer
Fogel, Alyssa Hasbrouck, Shivani Kapadia, Sarah Khan, Matthew
Miecnikowski, Jackson Mlawer, Brittany Nadler, Shawn Pasternak, Trevor
Reddick, Chelsea Renter, Olivia Serigano, Sachin Sharma, Sohini Sheth,
Aaron Siev, Jason Stern, Sophie Waldman, and Kaitlyn Walsh.
Implemented nationwide in upper elementary, middle, and high schools,
the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program has reached
more than 30 million students and 81,000 teachers since its inception in
1987. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under
the Education for Democracy Act approved by Congress and directed by the
Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, California.
The Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program promotes citizenship and
law-related education in schools throughout New York State. LYC assists
educators in creating opportunities for students to become effective
citizens able to participate fully in our democratic society. To learn
more about the LYC Program, please visit http://www.lycny.org.
Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is
the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the
largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State
Bar’s programs and activities have continuously served the public
and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.
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