Sixteen Monterey County students from four middle schools throughout Monterey County were recognized on March 11 by the Monterey County Office of Education and the Dan and Lillian King Foundation for their participation in the second annual Monterey County United States Constitution Project.
The project was launched by the Monterey County Constitution Project Committee two years ago to enrich the lives of Monterey County 8th graders through greater knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The primary goals of the project include curriculum development, materials and demonstration lessons.
In its second year, the program was expanded to include four middle schools. The 8th grade U.S. history teachers implemented the curriculum, activities and U.S. Constitution writing competition. Students were challenged to express their ideas through various U.S. Constitution writing and speaking projects, including short persuasive essays, spoken word poetry, and small group and individual debates.
The top essay winner from each school has been awarded a scholarship for a trip to Washington, D.C. Students have the opportunity to visit the nation’s Capital and Philadelphia to witness the documents, buildings and monuments that have shaped our history with their own eyes.What an opportunity for these youngsters! Way to go!
The winners are:
Los Arboles Middle School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Main Street Middle School
Soledad Unified School District
Jesus Enrique Cuevas
Michelle Reyes Ortiz
Elena Rose Meza
Robert Wayne Santa Ana
North Monterey County Middle School
North Monterey County Unified School District
Isidoro Barragan Mendez
Washington Middle School
Salinas Union High School District