Jared Scali (right), a senior at Hudson High School who attends the Capital Region BOCES New Visions Law & Government program, helped his civics team win a state championship on February 11. For the third consecutive year, the high honors team won the state-level
"We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.
To win, the New Visions students, who attend the program for a half-day and their home high schools the other half, had to explain the philosophical and historical foundations on which the American political system is based.
In the setting of a simulated congressional hearing, the students "testified" before panels of judges to demonstrate their extensive knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles. Furthermore, the competitors evaluated, took, and defended positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues, ranging from recent Supreme Court rulings about the Voting Rights Act, to the First Amendment rights of students on social media regarding speech about school, to federal immigration policy (as noted in a press release).
Comprising students from several area high schools in the Questar III and Capital Region BOCES regions, the New Visions: Law & Government team bested more than 100 finalists from five other school districts from across the state. Jared's team included students from neighboring schools such as Chatham, Averill Park and Rensselaer.
The team now advances to the national "We the People" competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 21-24, 2017.
New Visions: Law & Government is a career-exploration and honors Advanced Placement (AP) and college-credit-granting program offered by the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School for honors-level, college-bound high school seniors. Participating students attend the program for a half day and their home high schools the other half of the school day.
From left to right: Carson Rowe (Scotia-Glenville High School); Kelsey Delaney (Schalmont High School); Quentin Rubel (Chatham High School); Skyler Leveroni (Averill Park High School); Ed Lawson (Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School); Jared Scali (Hudson High School); Richard Bader, Esq. (Instructor); Matthew McHugh (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School); Madison Tyndell (Rensselaer High School); Sureet Pabbi (Niskayuna High School); Emma Trendell (Schoharie High School); and Hon. Jonah Treibwasser, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee. Lower left: Martha Noordsy, Director of the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.