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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Hosts High School Student Justices for Student Government Day

For immediate release:
4/05/2019
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Hosts High School Student Justices for Student Government Day

Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today hosted twelve students from seven high schools across the Commonwealth as part of Student Government Day activities.

The students were elected by their classmates to represent them at the State House, and seven of them were assigned as Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court. Six of the students were Associate Justices and one was Chief Justice, with alternates for the Justices.

The day began with activities at the State House, where students learned about the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of government. Appeals Court Associate Justice Dalila Wendlandt addressed the students on behalf of the Judicial Branch.

The students then spent the afternoon at the John Adams Courthouse where they learned about the state judiciary and the appellate process from Appeals Court Associate Justice Sydney Hanlon; Supreme Judicial Court Clerk for the Commonwealth Francis V. Kenneally; and First Assistant Clerk Eric Wetzel of the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for Suffolk County. Wendy Lement, Supreme Judicial Court Director of Education and Public Programs, led the students on a tour of the courthouse. The students ended the day with a pizza lunch with Supreme Judicial Court law clerks who are assigned to work with the Justices.

Students from each of the seven schools participated in Student Government Day at the court:

  • Arlington Catholic High School (Arlington)
  • Mass Academy of Math and Science (Worcester)
  • Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden)
  • North Quincy High School (Quincy)
  • Norton High School (Norton)
  • Scituate High School (Scituate)
  • South High Community School (Worcester)

Established in 1947, Student Government Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to encourage students to learn about the role and function of the three branches of government through observation and active participation.

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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Hosts High School Student Justices for Student Government Day

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.
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