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December 13, 2019
NRHS Students, Dignitaries Tackle Timely Issues in Civics Symposium
Several New Rochelle High School students welcomed feedback on position papers from a heavy-hitting panel – two college administrators, the city’s mayor, an author and journalist and a former head of the National Urban League – in the annual Civics Symposium this week.

The dignitaries debated, praised and offered constructive criticism of the students' essays on timely issues in the symposium, which took place Tuesday in the Linda E. Kelly Theater. The theme was "Generation Z Dares to Care."

“I can use what they said to improve what I wrote,” said Trevor Frey, whose paper argued the need for United States troops in Syria. “I learned a lot.”

The event is presented each year by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, which organizes the symposium and assembles the panel. This time, the panelists were:

  • Hugh Price, former President and CEO of the National Urban League.
  • Noam Bramson, New Rochelle Mayor.
  • Alex Eodice, Iona College philosophy professor and philosophy department chairman.
  • Yadira Ramos-Herbert, New Rochelle City Council member-elect and Dean of Students at Columbia Law School.
  • Joe Klein, political journalist author of Primary Colors.

The discussion was moderated by author and Professor Dr. Amy Bass.

The other students and their essays were:

  • Aaron Cohen - The Persistent Effects of Redlining.
  • Lydia Ochoa - A Proposal to Re-Enter the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Julia Zaccaria - College in America Should Not Be Free.
  • Jamie Cantone - Why the Federal Government Should Regulate Social Media.

In the discussion of Zaccaria’s paper, Price countered the argument that students in free colleges would be unmotivated by noting that a no-cost high education does not necessarily mean anyone could attend.

“Free is not the same as open admission,” he said. Students would have to perform well to gain admission and remain in college.

Eodice argued that free college eventually would “come to mean open enrollment.”

In discussions of the environment, Bramson was a strong proponent of carbon reduction.

“We need deep de-carbonization and we need it yesterday,” he said.

Ochoa appreciated the comments from the mayor and other panelists.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity,” she said. “Their comments on my paper were really great.”
Students, panelists, school representatives and leaders of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.
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Dates to Remember
  • Saturday, December 14: ACT, NRHS, 8 a.m.

  • Saturday, December 14: Planetarium Show, “Season of Light,” NRHS, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Monday, December 16: Columbus Holiday Boutique Begins

  • Monday, December 16: IEYMS Winterfest Begins

  • Monday, December 16: Planetarium Show, “Season of Light,” NRHS, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 17: Board of Education Meeting, NRHS Kelly Theater. Public Portion Begins 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 17: Webster Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, December 18: Columbus Winter Concert, 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, December 18: NRHS WinterFest Instrumental Concert, NRHS, Whitney Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18: Planetarium Show, “Season of Light,” NRHS, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 19: Columbus PTA Holiday Luncheon

  • Thursday, December 19: Webster Holiday Boutique Begins

  • Thursday, December 19: Jefferson Winter Concert, 1:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 19: NRHS WinterFest Choral Concert, NRHS, Whitney Auditorium, 7 p.m.

  • Friday, December 20: Barnard School Spirit Day

  • Friday, December 20: IEYMS Winterfest Concert

  • Friday, December 20: Jefferson Sing-Along, 2 p.m.