JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Students from 16 Missouri high schools will kick off the 2015 Constitution Project competition Tuesday, September 22 at the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City.
At 9 a.m., the students are scheduled to divide up for their various team meetings:
- Those focusing on crime scene investigation will meet with representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol;
- Those focusing on journalism will meet with representatives from the Missouri Broadcasters Association and Missouri Press Association; and
- Those focusing on trial advocacy will meet with representatives from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
At 10:10 a.m., the students are scheduled to come together for a joint kickoff ceremony in the House Chamber followed by two mock legislative debates – the student House debate from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the student Senate debate from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
At 12:20 p.m., the closing ceremony is scheduled to begin. Expected speakers include Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge and selected student competitors, as well as a performance by a choir from Lincoln University. The ceremony is scheduled to end at 1 p.m.
More information about the Constitution Project and its 2015 competitors is available here.