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Career & Technical School News

New Visions students win 2016 We The People competition

Law & Government students advance to state finals

New Visions studentsFor the fifth time, students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) and Questar III New Visions: Law & Government program will compete at the state "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.

The 11-student New Visions team advanced to the Feb. 27 state competition after besting their peers from around the region in a local competition hosted by Albany Law School on Jan. 9.

The winning New Visions: Law & Government student team consists of:

  • Gabrielle Agostino, Mohonasenasen Central School District
  • Mutaz Ali, Troy City School District
  • Morgan Daignault, Sharon Springs Central School District
  • Katie Gibson, Ichabod Crane Central School District
  • Kyle Hurysz, Maple Hill Central School District
  • Keenan Loder, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Margaret Richards, Ichabod Crane Central School District
  • Julian Schlemmer, Troy City School District
  • Mathilda Scott, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Daniel Sonthivongnorath, Scotia-Glenville Central School District
  • Alex Wilgocki, Mohonasenasen Central School District

To win, the New Visions: Law & Government students had to explain the philosophical and historical foundations on which the American political system is based.

"The New Visions: Law & Government 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,� said attorney Rich Bader, who teaches the class.

Last year, New Visions: Law & Government students won the events New York state finals and went on to win an award at the national competition.

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 29-year history.

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.

In a classroom located at the State Education Department building in downtown Albany, New Visions: Law & Government pupils 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 government, as well as about the private legal sector.

New Visions: Law & Government is accepting applications through March 18 for the 2016-17 school year.

An open house for the program will be conducted on Feb. 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Capital Region Career and Technical Education Center, building B, 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Colonie. For more information, call (518) 486-2613 or click here.  

An evening open house for all New Visions programs will be held at the same location on from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 2.


New Visions students



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