HCS Early College High School repeats as Project Citizen winner

HCS Early College High School won the S.C. Bar Law Related Education 2014 Project Citizen Championship at the high school level for the third time, according to a news release from the S.C. Bar.

Students who participated were Tamera Bellamy, Kristen Caulder, Christopher Johnson, Jamar McCalla, Alissa Meza, Anne Miller, McKenna Palmer, Zemira Pearson, Zy’Heem Ray, Samantha Slack, Madison Suggs, Tatianna Williams, Candice Young and Cedric Young.

Project Citizen encourages students to research a public policy they believe should be revised or created. This project addressed the need for increased penalties for underage drinking.

The in-school presentations allowed students the opportunity to present their understanding of public policy by identifying an issue either in their school, community or state that was to be addressed. They learn what it means to be effective citizens, are inspired to make changes in their communities and are more likely to be active, educated and engaged citizens.

Project Citizen can be taught in all subjects in upper elementary through grade 12 to include community groups and after-school programs. It was created by and is supported through a grant from the Center for Civic Education. Free trainings and summer institutes are available to teachers throughout the state.

For more information on Project Citizen and other law-related education programs, contact Cynthia Cothran at 803-252-5139 or