Generation Citizen Civics Day- Spring 2018

LHS students presented their projects at the Massachusetts State House last Thursday, May 10th

Julian Viviescas, Staff Reporter

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By Julian Viviescas

Boston, MA-  Lowell High School’s GunViolence civics project took the award for Best Overall Project category in the Generation Civics Day event at the State House recently.

On May 10th, students at LHS participated on Generation Citizen Civics Day, a day to present civics projects on which students have been working throughout this semester in Social Studies classes.  5 classes represented LHS.

Ms. Jessica Lander’s  History class received the Overall award on their Gun Violence project, creating and promoting a gun buyback for the City of Lowell, which will take place again on June 2nd.  The event will mark the second annual gun buyback in Lowell.

Every semester Generation Citizen presents an issue to action-civics classes which represent schools from all around the state of Massachusetts.

Students in these action-civics classes develop plans  to present their projects to judges that determine who discovered a better way to address a social issue.

The GC nonprofit gives awards to encourage a competitive spirit between classes working on their projects. Though, the GC organization emphasizes that what matters is the growth of students working in a professional environment, problem solving and developing different project planning skills.

This semester’s awards had the same focus as the last edition of this event. Out of 71 classes that represented different cities around the state: 12 received awards for Grassroots Change, Systemic Impact, Collaboration and Diversity, Action, Open Mindedness, and the Overall award.

As usual, students working on Generation Citizen projects keep developing important skills, advocating for some of the problems that they believe need a change and seeing the project through to completion.

See the award winners below:
Ceremony 1 Ceremony 2
Award Class Award Class
Grassroots Change 1A Brighton High School working on youth violence (Alicia Bouchier) Grassroots Change 2S Malden High School working on Accessible Healthcare (Rebecca Corcoran)
Systemic Impact 1G -City on a Hill Dudley, working on Physical Education (Cate O’Connor) Systemic Impact Table 2K – Dearborn STEM Academy, working on gun violence (Molly McKay Bryson)
Collaboration and Diversity 3D – Boston Latin Academy, working on Gun Viloence (Pam Rose) Collaboration and Diversity 4M – Epiphany School working on fair incarceration practices (Will Brown)
Action 1N – Malden High – working on child abuse (Rebecca Corcoran) Action 4G – City on a Hill Circuit St -working on mental health (Andrew Thom)
Open Mindedness 3F -Oliver Ames High class working on school health emergencies (Brian Gotsell) Open Mindedness Table 2T – Newton FA Day, working on Student Voices (Tim Mathews)
Overall 1B – Lowell High School working on Gun Violence (Jess Lander) Overall Table 2F – Boston Latin Academy, working on police brutality (Justin Norton)