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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Mo. Supreme Court launches Constitution Project at DHS

  • Dixon High School was selected as one of only eight school districts from around the state to participate in this inaugural year of the project, which is serving as a pilot project this year.
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  • In honor of Constitution Day, recognized nationally on Sept. 17 each year, the Supreme Court of Missouri's Committee on Civic Education Committee has launched The Constitution Project.
    Dixon High School was selected as one of only eight school districts from around the state to participate in this inaugural year of the project, which is serving as a pilot project this year.
    Dixon High School and the other schools selected will participate in regional competitions in their home cities and then in a state final round to be held later this fall in Jefferson City.
    Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Patricia Breckenridge, who is chair of the Committee on Civic Education, said, "Dixon High School was chosen because of the dedication of the school's faculty, administration and students, as well as the commitment of the many members of the Pulaski County community who have graciously volunteered as mentors for our students. We congratulate Dixon High School and the Pulaski County community and wish them the best of luck in the competition!"
    The Constitution Project is a statewide competition in which high school students are given hands-on experience in possible future careers integral to our constitution and our nation. The project has students participate in a fictitious crime, following it from the initial crime scene through the ultimate prosecution of the crime in a mock trial.
    Student competitors investigate and report about the incident, then prosecute and litigate the crime with the assistance of local journalists, broadcasters, police, sheriffs, lawyers and judges.
    Through the process, students learn the functions of various professions and the importance of those local professions in their community.
    Statewide co-sponsors of the project include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Sheriff's Association, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Press Association, Missouri Broadcasters Association and The Missouri Bar.
    For more information about The Constitution Project, you can visit the website at www.courts.mo.gov/constitutionproject.
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