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Lincoln East High School Takes Seventh Consecutive State Title at We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution Championship

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The Lincoln East team and teacher Kevin Rippe celebrate with Justice John M. Gerrard, Nebraska Supreme Court, and Bar Foundation President Kile Johnson.
On January 9, the 20-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2012 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Championship which was held on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus in Lincoln. This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 28 – May 1. The team is coached by teacher Kevin Rippe.

Taking second place in the competition was the Lincoln Southeast High School-Gold team, which will represent Nebraska if the opportunity to send a second team to the national competition is granted.
Teacher Dave Nebel is the coach for the Lincoln Southeast-Gold team as well as the Lincoln Southeast-Black team that received honorable mention.

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Scholarship Recipient Expresses Gratitude to the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Firm for NSLC Scholarship

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Holly Green and teacher Brian Gibson are congratulated by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court, at the 2011 Law Day Luncheon

By Holly Green, Grand Island Northwest High School 11th Grader

My name is Holly Green and during the last Law Day Essay Scholarship, I won the scholarship provided by McGrath North Mullin & Kratz. With the scholarship I decided to attend the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) in San Francisco, California. During the time there I attended seminars on Mastering Leadership and stayed on campus at Berkeley University.

I was the first to arrive on campus and shortly after, other students started arriving and we quickly became friends, even with it being five months later, I talk to most of them every other night we became so close. The opening night, the staff opened the doors to seats and a dance floor. All of us stood around, not knowing what to do. Finally they coaxed us all in and the meeting began with a few activities involving following the leader. Mr. Walsh, our main teacher, mentioned how we stood like a bunch of sheep cowering before a lion's den, and then he mentioned he'd have us all dancing into the room by the end of the week. Some of us were skeptical; others thought he was plum crazy; but he did it. By the end of the week, they would open the doors to the dance floor and all of us would be running in for our next turn to dance.

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Justice Clarence Thomas Celebrates Constitution Day with Lincoln and Omaha Students

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Justice Clarence Thomas, United State Supreme Court, addresses Constitution Day assembly at Lincoln High School

It isn't everyday that high school students welcome a sitting Justice of the United States Supreme Court to their campus. But, on September 16, students at Lincoln High School and Omaha's Northwest Magnet Schools greeted Justice Clarence Thomas who spent more than an hour addressing the students and answering their questions.

At Lincoln High, Baccalaureate students and other students in upper level Social Studies classes filled the Ted Sorensen Theater where Justice Kenneth Stephan, Nebraska Supreme Court, introduced Thomas. Dr. Mike Wortman, Lincoln High Principal, made the arrangements for the Constitution Day assembly.

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Lincoln East High School Takes Seventh Consecutive State WTP Title

wtp2012championsOn January 9, the 20-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2012 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Championship which was held on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus in Lincoln. This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 28 – May 1.

Team members are Reed Baillie, Drew Bakenhus, Austin Bricker, Jena Carrier, Keelan Chapman, Neeka Choobineh, Jackson Fisher, Tim Fowler, Justin Gilg, Chris Harroun, Lorelee Kampschneider, Ryan Kirkpatrick, Shannen Lambdin, Michael Liou, Monica Lu, Kailee Pedersen, Jessica Qui, Kathryn Rentfro, Megan Rudolph, and Michael Shively. The team is coached by teacher Kevin Rippe.

Taking second place in the competition was the Lincoln Southeast High School-Gold team, which will represent Nebraska if the opportunity to send a second team to the national competition is granted.

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Skutt Catholic High School Claims Third State Mock Trial Title

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Members of the Skutt Catholic Green team with Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, following their win of the State Championship
The "Green" team from V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha, won the Nebraska High School State Mock Trial title for 2011. This Skutt team defeated the Ogallala High School team in final round competition on Wednesday, December 7, in Papillion. Judge Lyle Strom, Federal District Court for the District of Nebraska, presided over the competition at the Sarpy County Courthouse.

The Skutt team, which presented the plaintiff's side of a civil libel lawsuit, has won the privilege to represent Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 3-6, 2012. A team from Skutt High School also won the state competition and competed at the national level in 2008 and 2011. The Nebraska Council of School Attorneys helps defray the students' travel expenses by annually awarding a gift of $1,000 to the Bar Foundation.

The Skutt team's teacher coach is Mary Meyers. Chrissa Schlake is the Ogallala team's teacher coach, and Michael Samuelson is the team's attorney coach.

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