North Tech Wins 2nd Place at State in the Constitution Project
The sky was blue, the temperature mild, and a buzz was in the air…the audible buzz of a highway patrol helicopter that is.
Arriving on location for the finals of the 2018 Constitution Project, one observed a half dozen Highway Patrol cars with emergency lights flashing, a helicopter circling overhead, and the bustle of student competitors being shuttled team-by-team to investigate a staged crime scene that was fabricated specifically for the competition.
North Tech students arrived and immediately divided into their crime scene investigation (CSI), journalism, and criminal trial teams. The trial team, again assisted by local lawyer Brandi Miller, began pouring over documents including DNA and gunshot residue analysis, official police reports, witness statements, and even the in-car video from a highway patrol vehicle’s dashboard camera. Though all of the evidence and documents were manufactured as part of the scenario created for the competition, the preparation was very real.
North Tech’s CSI team was transported to the location of a staged crime scene to complete an exhaustive investigation where they collected and documented physical evidence. Upon returning from the scene, the team had to work collaboratively, under a 45 minute time limit, to properly process the evidence and file a report. A quick pace was required of their work while maintaining the utmost attention to detail.
While the CSI and criminal trial teams were supremely focused on their tasks, the journalism team observed and investigated with their own story-telling focus. They questioned the CSI team at a press conference and developed a news report to share details of the crime. The journalism team members fact-checked, proofread, and focused on detail to produce a live video and written report of the crime and crime scene.
The combination of preparation, collaboration, and efficient execution earned the North Tech team second place in the overall state competition and first place in the Eastern Region. Additionally, Deja Futrell, Dejah Moore, and Romello Baldwin were recognized for receiving top individual honors.
Please offer congratulations to all members of the NT team, to the individual winners, and to Mr. Hines and Mr. Hicks for all of their effort and dedication.