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BKW student heads to 'We The People' state competition

 

Students who won the we the people competition

The winning team, from left: Quentin Rubel, Chatham; Carson Rowe, Scotia-Glenville; Kelsey Delaney, Schalmont; Edwin Lawson, Berne-Knox-Westerlo; Skyler Leveroni, Averill Park; Matthew McHugh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk; Jared Scali, Hudson; Sureet Pabbi, Niskayuna; Emma Trendell, Schoharie and Madison Tyndell, Rensselaer.

BKW senior Edwin Lawson and his teammates in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) and Questar III New Visions: Law & Government program will contend in the state "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.

The students advance to the statewide competition in Albany on Feb. 11 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road. In addition to the six regional titles, the New Visions: Law and Government team has won the last two state titles, advancing to the national competition each of the last two years.

In addition to Lawson, the 10-student winning New Visions: Law & Government student team consists of:

• Quentin Rubel, Chatham;
• Carson Rowe, Scotia-Glenville;
• Kelsey Delaney, Schalmont;
• Skyler Leveroni, Averill Park;
• Matthew McHugh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk;
• Jared Scali, Hudson;
• Sureet Pabbi, Niskayuna;
• Emma Trendell, Schoharie;
• Madison Tyndell, Rensselaer.

The New Visions: Law & Government 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.

"During a simulated congressional hearing, the students 'testified' before a panel of judges to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles, and they evaluated, took and defended positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues,” said attorney Rich Bader, who teaches the class.

Bader said his students prepared "for the competition in part by studying ‘We The People: The Citizen and Constitution,’ an intensive curriculum focusing on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

Funded and run in New York by the New York State Bar Association’s Law Youth and Citizenship program since 2010 when Congress cut its funding, the program has benefited 30 million students nationally during its 30-year history.

New Visions: Law & Government is a unique, 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. Based in a classroom at the New York State Education Building in downtown Albany, New Visions: Law & Government students study an integrated curriculum of advanced coursework in political science, law, English and economics, with government and law-related internships, job shadowing, field trips, community service and competitions. Students learn first-hand about the executive, legislative and judicial branches of New York State government, as well as about the private legal sector.

New Visions: Law & Government is accepting applications through March 18 from High School juniors for the 2017-18 school year and will host an evening open house on January 31, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center, Building B, 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Colonie. For more information, call (518) 486-2613.
The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School also offers New Visions programs in Health Careers and Multimedia and Digital Communications.