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

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    Phoenix Middle School to compete in civics competition

    MADISON, May 31, 2002 - Two teams of students from Phoenix Middle School in Delavan-Darien 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 Tammy Fumall. The students will be judged on their creative efforts in researching and devising solutions to the following issues:

    • Sleep Deprivation Realizing that a lack of sleep negatively affects their schoolwork, this group of students recommended changing their school's starting time to 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. The team also hoped to encourage school officials to implement a "sleep-education" program that would educate teens on the benefits of getting a good night's sleep.
    • Teen Smoking According to recent surveys, 30 percent of seventh and eighth grade students either smoke on a regular basis, or have tried the unhealthy habit at least once. Based on that information, the students suggested that making improvements to the school's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program was the best way to reduce teen tobacco use.

    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.