UCS students excel at civics competition
UCS students excel at civics competition
Posted on 03/21/2019
Student at competitionA group of Utica Community Schools students were honored recently for getting on their soapbox.

Twelve Stevenson High School students took part in the first Action Civics Michigan Soapbox Speech Challenge on March 16 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

This is a statewide event made up of approximately 40 secondary students who have written and delivered their own politically-themed speech.

“These students have taken the important first step of becoming an active citizen in our system of government by making their voices heard,” said teacher Heather Chase.

The Soapbox Challenge is part of the national Mikva Challenge, which encourages and teaches students to become more politically involved in their communities. These students delivered their speeches to a panel consisting of state representatives, retired teachers, community organizers, court judges, and Congressman Andy Levin and former-Congressman David Bonior.

Three Stevenson students - Mary Kate Pardington, Sneha Maranghattil and Andrew Lucas  - earned entry into the finals, which featured the top ten students in the competitions.

Other students taking part in the inaugural event were: Eva Maninno, McKenzie Eisinger, Heather Hare, Jenny Schram, Charles Guccione, Jennifer Hopper, Jann Bedayo, Joseph Zeneli and Dalya Rajab. The advisor is Stevenson teacher Heather Chase.