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    News Release May 2002: DeForest Middle School to compete in civics competition

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      CONTACT: org cpowers wisbar Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (608) 250-6025
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    DeForest Middle School to compete in civics competition

    MADISON, May 31, 2002 - Students from DeForest Middle School will compete in the "We the People...Project Citizen" statewide competition this weekend. The students spent a semester studying a public policy issue and developed an implementation plan under the direction of their teacher Suzanne Moen. The students will be judged on their creative efforts to make milk available to all students after regular school hours.

    In an effort to combat childhood obesity, the DeForest team was determined to provide fellow students with nutritional alternatives to soda and junk food. As a result of their research, the students will encourage school officials to install a vending machine stocked with milk in their school.

    Project Citizen is a civic education program for middle school students to promote competent and responsible participation in state and local government. The students' final product is a large portfolio displaying their work.

    "The caliber of this year's entries clearly demonstrates that the students successfully worked together to find innovative solutions to societal problems," said retired teacher Jack Jarmes, state coordinator for Project Citizen." "I can't think of a better way to teach kids about the inner workings of state and local government."

    The competition, to be held at State Bar Center in Madison on June 1, is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Center for Civic Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the U.S. Department of Education. A panel of 16 judges - including attorneys, legislative staff, government leaders and retired teachers - will score the entries based on completeness, clarity, and graphics. The winner of the state competition will compete in the national tournament in Denver in July.

    For more information on other State Bar law-related education efforts, visit, or contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.