Lordstown High students celebrate Constitution

LORDSTOWN — Students at Lordstown High School celebrated the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday.

“We really believe in civic participation,” said Lordstown Superintendent Terry Armstrong. “We have a lot of students that love to be involved in government and civic affairs on both sides of the aisle.”

The school likes to celebrate its students wanting to be involved in government, so each year they bring in a speaker to talk with students about the Constitution, Armstrong said.

This year’s speaker was Ohio Supreme Court Justice Mary DeGenaro, who has been a justice since the end of January. She talked about the importance of voting and the Constitution during her presentation to the students.

“It is a right, it is a privilege and it is a responsibility as a citizen of the free nation and if you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” DeGenaro said.

Students attending the assembly said they found it to be important.

“It was really great to learn about a judge’s perspective of the Constitution and learning how she interprets it and how it’s fair for all citizens,” said senior Addison Wilson.

It’s important that students take time from their busy lives to learn more about the Constitution and how this country created a “revolutionary form of government and it still survives today” and events like this help to accomplish that, DeGenaro said.

Assemblies like this help bring the classroom to life, said Courtney Gibson, social studies teacher.

“Her view of the world is very important,” Gibson said. “This is the best classroom that we could have.”

After the assembly, students who were 18 had the chance to register to vote and pick up a copy of a pocket Constitution.

Students can register to vote with their government teacher any time during the year, but during Constitution Day in September and Democracy Day in March, it’s encouraged more, Armstrong said.