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High School Students Participate in Virtual Constitutional Academic Competition

The Martin County School District partnered with the Hobe Sound-based Center for Constitutional Values to bring a virtual civics lesson to high school students on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 


The Constitutional Academic Competitions allow local Youth in Government (YIG) students to research a designated constitutional issue and present their arguments in a debate-style format before a sitting judge. Students compete for scholarship funds and the chance to move on to additional levels of competition.


This year’s preliminary, intra-school competitions were held in January at each of the three District-operated high schools: Jensen Beach, Martin County and South Fork. The winning teams from each school were invited to compete in the final round of the competition, which was originally scheduled to take place in April prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participating in today’s competition via the Zoom video conferencing platform, students were asked to debate the relevancy of the Electoral College before Judge Alan O. Forst of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Each team was asked to give an opening statement, followed by open dialogue for 30 minutes between team members and the judge. At the conclusion of the debate, teams provided a closing statement and Judge Forst determined the final rankings. In addition to the $250 scholarships they earned during the preliminary rounds of competition, scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place), and $250 (third place) were awarded to each student today.



Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Constitutional Academic Competition:


1st Place

South Fork High School
YIG Sponsor: Don Welch
Students: Frankie DeCesare and Solomon Scholl

2nd Place

Jensen Beach High School
YIG Sponsor: Tara Garrido
Students: Jackson McAfee and 
Shea Powers


3rd Place

Martin County High School
YIG Sponsor: Sam Mick
Students: Jordan LoSardo and Jillian Plymale