Kamiakin students receive Project Citizen award for policy recommendations

    On Saturday, May 20, seventh-grade Quest students from Katherine Enslein’s class at Kamiakin Middle School received the Best Oral Presentation award for their Project Citizen portfolio, which recommends employing full-time school resource officers at schools.

    The school was one of 14 in the state that participated in the event at the Capitol. Students identify a problem in their community, research alternatives, propose a policy solution and develop an action plan. The event is organized by Washington State Legislature Civic Education. Volunteer judges include attorneys, sitting judges, journalists and council members.

    From Evergreen Middle School, one of Susan Jackson’s Quest classes recommended changing school start times. Jackson’s other class recommended more Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes at the middle school level.

    Evergreen Middle School Quest class at the state capitol

    From Redmond Middle School, Ben Pinneo’s class researched urban sprawl and formulated a policy solution to help slow and manage urban sprawl.

    Redmond Middle School Quest class at the state capitol

    Kathy Hand, the state coordinator of the state’s civic education program, said Project Citizen teaches students how to effectively change policy when they identify problems in their communities. She said judges appreciate the dialogue they have with students to help them make their portfolios better. “That’s what keeps the judges coming back,” she said.