The New Visions: Law & Government team from Capital Region BOCES won the Northeast Regional Award at the recent “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” civics competition in Washington, DC.
The team, which the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club again helped financially underwrite, included Kyle Hurysz of Maple Hill High School (shown at front in the photo.)
The 11-student group that earlier won the New York State championship emerged atop a field of 137 finalists in the Northeast, demonstrating “outstanding expertise in all six units of knowledge and critical thinking covered.”
The team also included students from Troy, Mohanasen, Sharon Springs, Ichabod Crane, Cobleskill-Richmond, and Scotia-Glenville high schools. The instructor was Rich Bader.
Last year, the team we helped financially support also won the New York State and Northeast Regional titles. It included three Rensselaer County students, representing Columbia, Averill Park, and Troy high schools.
Each academic year, the New Visions program offers students real-life experience in such areas as law and government, communications, medicine, scientific research and world health, visual and performing arts, and other categories. Students juggle their regular studies and classwork at their home schools with internships in their fields of interest.