North High student attends law and justice democracy program

July 18, 2006

Kate Zimmer, a junior at North Hagerstown High School attended the Presidential Classroom's Law and Justice in a Democracy Program June 24 through July 1 in Washington, D.C.

Kate is a distinguished honors student at North High, and is actively involved in student government, athletics and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Presidential Classroom provides high school juniors and seniors unprecedented access to the leaders who shape America's public policy. Participants explore the federal legal system, and issues of freedom and order in a democratic society.

The Law and Justice in a Democracy Program gives students the opportunity to gain insight into the American justice system by interacting with people who work in the judiciary. Students explore the legal system and issues that directly affect our democratic society. They are exposed to speakers from the Justice Department, judiciary and private sector.


During the weeklong program, students interact with Washington insiders, including members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officials, top business leaders and journalists. Students observe Congress in action, visit their congressional offices and debate current issues with peers from the United States and abroad.

Additional program highlights include a seminar on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Supreme Court briefing, a Moot Court project and visits to area law firms.

The participants also had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Department of State and Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

Presidential Classroom, a nonprofit, nonpartisian, civic education organization was founded in the tradition of President Kennedy, who challenged young Americans to be committed to public service. For more than 38 years, 115,000 high school students from the United States and abroad have traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness the U.S. government at work.

Aimed at the high-achieving student, Presidential Classroom offers seven academic and leadership development programs, focusing on key issues such as government, business, media, science and technology, law, national security and international relations.

Presidential Classroom is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals Student Activity Listing, and endorsed by the National Education Association, Congressional Youth Award and Who's Who Among American High School Students. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

For information about Presidential Classroom, visit

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