Bardha Ahmedi of Clear Lake High School was a finalist in the Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division “Know Your Constitution” project. One hundred finalists were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the state of Iowa who participated in the “Know Your Constitution” project. These finalists were honored at a luncheon held at the Holiday Inn Hotel Northwest in Des Moines on January 12, 2018. Prior to the luncheon there was an interactive discussion with a constitutional expert about the essay topic and recent developments and rulings. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court.
From the finalists, five students and their teachers were chosen by a random drawing to attend the all-expense paid, Close Up Foundation’s five-day long education work session in Washington, D.C. in February 2018. The work sessions are organized to develop a deeper understanding of government and the political process.
The “Know Your Constitution” project is designed to enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of the Constitution. The students participating in the project were required to familiarize themselves with Constitution related issues. A quiz was completed by each participating student. An essay question accompanied the quiz in case of a tie. This year’s essay topic involved Constitutional questions centered on a fictitious school district policy regarding student observance of the National Anthem at school events.
This program is sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association, with additional funding from the Iowa State Bar Foundation and many of the county Bar Associations across Iowa. Clear Lake High School teacher Kate Richtsmeier assigned the project as part of the American Heritage course.