POCATELLO - The Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program is proud to announce that Pocatello students Joey and David Fica placed second in the first annual statewide Law Day Podcast Contest. Their podcast explored the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, included an interview with Travis Hobson, Economic and Social Studies Teacher from Century High School, and discussed an Idaho based Supreme Court case, Reed v. Reed.
David and Joey are students at Century High School in Pocatello. They are also part of the Century mock trial team that won their regional mock trial competition in February and went on to represent Century High School at the 2017 Idaho High School Mock Trial Championship.
Joey Fica already has experience with podcasting, so when this contest was announced, participating was a natural fit for his interests. But, he indicated that he really liked the challenge of taking on a topic he didn’t know very much about. “This really allowed me and David to understand the 14th Amendment in a deeper way,” he said.
The Law Day Podcast Contest is open to Idaho high school students and is centered on the Law Day theme, which for 2017 is the 14th Amendment. Entrants to the contest submitted 4 to 7 minute audio podcasts. Each podcast chose one of the three clauses of the 14th Amendment (citizenship, due process, or equal protection) and analyzed how their chosen clause is relevant to the lives of everyday citizens. Students are allowed to create their podcasts individually or in groups of 2 or 3.
The podcasts were critiqued by a panel of judges that included educators and attorneys. The judges scored the entries on content, delivery, and production. One of the judges, Jeff Simmons, Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Idaho Digital Learning Academy said he “thought the submissions were really good. It’s fun to see what students can do when they are engaged with content and free to use their creativity.”
The top three entries are awarded cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25, respectively. In addition to Joey and David, the other students placing in the contest are: in first place, Rhone Grajcar of Capital High School in Boise, and in third place, Chans Arce, Jack Rogers, and Kacie Fromhart, also of Capital High School.