Six Idaho teens win 9th Circuit civics contest

The U.S. District Court in Idaho named six high school students as winners of a civics contest.

Ben Moody, a homeschooled senior in Kuna, won first place and $1,000, while Isaac Reitz, a Fruitland High School sophomore, won second place and $500. The third place winner was Teresa Fong, a sophomore at Meridian Technical Charter High School and won $250.

The three students competed in the essay category.

Winners of the video category were: Meridian Technical Charter High School junior Braxton Smith, first place; Blackfoot High School senior Georgette Cardiel, second place; and Meridian Technical Charter High School junior Carter Spencer, third place.

Competing high school students wrote an essay or produced a short video on the contest theme, “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.” The contest focused on U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

Idaho’s first-place winners will compete in a circuit-wide competition of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and will attend the 2017 9th Circuit Judicial Conference in San Francisco on July 17.

The 9th Circuit takes in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, the U.S. territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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