If you're a fan of civic education, particularly in Connecticut, May 31 will be a special day. That is when the organization Civics First conducts its annual awards dinner, and recognizes this year's stellar teams and individuals in various competitions sponsored by the organization. Among this year's champions:
- Crosby High School, 2012 High School Mock Trial State Champion
- Kennedy High School students Shyler Losty, Arlee Biggins, and Anxheliki Duro, 2012 High School Forensics Competition champions
- Academy at Little Farm students Genevieve Riccoboni and Hannah Hunt, 2012 High School Debate State Champions
The Middle School Debate final rounds were held yesterday, with the winners (Our Lady of Mercy) to be honored as well. The Awards recognition dinner will take place My 31 at 30 Bank Street, New Britain at 6 p.m.
Civics First is a private, non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticut's public and private schools, courtrooms and communities. Its goal is the incorporation of citizenship education into the curriculum of all schools, from kindergarten through high school.
Wondering about the civic health of Connecticut? Check out the latest data from the Corporation for National & Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship about Connecticut, now on the Civic Life in America website. Among the data: 45.9 percent of residents in Connecticut voted in the 2010 National election - ranking them at number 19 among the 50 states and Washington, DC.