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Government students make South High history


Under the guidance of Mr. Richard NohelUS Government students Hamsa Farah, Loren Morain, Anwar Sahal and Eleanor Schneider competed Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Minnesota State "We, the people, Congressional Hearing Simulation.

The competition marks the first time South High was represented in the simulation.

Also notable, the students volunteered for this project and prepared for it on their own time, which required them to:

  • Research two questions.
    • One related to the 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech
    • One related to the 4th Amendment - Protection against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures.

Mr. Nohel explains the competition:

‚Äč"At the hearing simulation students were told which of the two questions they had to present.

They had 4 minutes to present their perspectives on the historical development, constitutional issues, Supreme Court cases, and contemporary developments related to the question.

Then, they had 6 minutes of follow up questions.

They did a great job dividing up the responsibilities and each team member responded during the follow up questions.

They received the medals for participating and competed against teams from Albany, Walnut Grove, and Cannon Falls.

Many of the students on these teams were from AP government classes and their instructors had participated before.

Awards were handed out to the teams with the highest scores on each question and then the highest team score overall.

We prepared the one unit questions, there were 5 other units as well.

Next year we hope to get more participation in this. The gentlemen in the picture with us on the right side is MN Supreme Court Justice Barry Anderson who was one of the justices who participated in the Supreme Court Community hearing at South about 10 years ago.

The students thoroughly enjoyed being at the Capitol and had a chance to view much of the renovated space. They all hope to be involved again next year!"

Mr. Nohel and students pictured with MN Supreme Court Justice Barry Anderson