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Four Malden Catholic seniors chosen as representatives for 2013 Massachusetts American Legion Boys State Program

Posted by Christina Jedra  June 19, 2013 10:20 AM

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The following was submitted by Malden Catholic: 

Malden Catholic is pleased to announce that four seniors were chosen to represent their community at the 2013 Massachusetts American Legion Boys State Program. Jack D’Errico of Melrose, Anthony Palazzo of Bedford, Nico DeFlorio and Christopher Sparages, both of Saugus, were selected to participate in the state program which is concentrated in the political arena. The curriculum is an intensive study of democracy. Students not only learn about government but also about people and leadership.  The main goal of the Massachusetts Boys State Program is to teach government and principles of democracy from a unique perspective. Thestudents learn to appreciate that, in our American system of Democracy, the character and success of the government relies on the interest and participation of the citizen.  The lessons learned at Boys State serve as the first glimpse of issues that students will face on a much larger scale as they grow as citizens. 

Held at Stonehill College, each student is responsible for political speeches and presentations, educated in current poll questions that are being proposed in the legislature and are required to participate in debates.  The debate will be an opportunity for young men to put to work some of what they have learned throughout the week. The opportunity for these exemplary young men to participate in the American Legion Program is a reinforcement of the competitive activity that simulates the Massachusetts Court System. 

All four young men,D’Errico, Palazzo, DeFlorio and Sparages, are active in the mock trial program at Malden Catholic under the guidance of Brother Timothy Hoey. Throughout the school year, studentson the Mock Trial team study casesand prepare to debate each side of a case. The Malden Catholic team competes against teams from other schools in trials that take place in real courtrooms before real judges.

About Malden Catholic
Malden Catholic High School maintains an 80-year tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2012 applied to 259 colleges and universities distributed across forty states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $17 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org 

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