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Talk About Civic Engagement! New Jersey High School Students Draft Legislation, Get It Signed Into Law — and Make History  The 74

This article is one in a series at The 74 that profiles the heroes, victories, success stories and random acts of kindness found at schools all across America.



A teacher's 3 takeaways from his students' bill becoming law  Education Dive

New Jersey educator Stuart Wexler's AP U.S. Government and Politics students were the first to propose legislation that got signed into law, but the path there ...



‘From students in high school all the way to the president’s desk.’ How a government class fought for the release of unsolved FBI civil rights case files.  The Washington Post

A group of New Jersey students lobbied Congress to create a panel which would review cold case files from the and release the files publicly. It may be the first ...



President Trump signs NJ high school students' bill into law  WPVI-TV

Three years ago, students from Hightstown High School drafted the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act, and Tuesday night President Trump signed ...



Student behind civil rights cold case law says it will bring 'closure' to families | TheHill  The Hill

A student behind a law on civil rights cold cases told Hill.TV that it will help bring closure to families who lost loved ones to racially motivated crimes during the ...



Lowry: Hightstown students deserve praise for civil rights work  NorthJersey.com

That curiosity, that bending toward civil rights justice, is still alive and well among high school students in New Jersey, and thankfully so.



High schoolers drafted, got support, lobbied to pass a civil rights bill  KYW Newsradio 1060

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The AP Government class at Hightstown High School in New Jersey is on pins and needles as they wait for President ...



NJ students celebrate passage of civil rights bill they drafted, lobbied for  KYW Newsradio 1060

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The AP government class at Hightstown High School in New Jersey is celebrating after spending three and a half ...



Hightstown students make history with President Trump signing their civil rights cold case bill into law  The Trentonian

HIGHTSTOWN — The architects behind a bill President Donald Trump signed into law this week said it started off as a “crowd-sourced document.”



'MLK 50+1' Re-examines King Assassination  tntribune.com

By Clint Confehr. COLUMBIA, TN — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is “misdiagnosed and miscommunicated,” nearly 40 people were told before ...



Hightstown Drops In NJ Monthlys School Rankings  East Windsor, NJ Patch

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ —Hightstown High School dropped in New Jersey Monthly's annual list of the best schools in the state. Hightstown ranked ...



Trumps signs bill drafted by NJ students into law  PIX11 New York

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ — As the government shutdown rages on, a group of high schoolers from New Jersey have proven shown is possible down in Washington, ...



With new US law, NJ high schoolers achieve the impossible  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

I probably put the odds at 10000-to-1, just knowing legislative process in general, teacher Stuart Wexler told New Jersey 101.5.



A high school government class wanted to help solve civil rights crimes. So they drafted a bill that is now law  CNN

They weren't born when the civil rights movement ended. Even many of their parents weren't alive then. And yet a high school class in Hightstown, New Jersey, ...



Hightstown Student Athlete Named To States First Advisory Panel  East Windsor, NJ Patch

Hightstown Student Athlete Named To Advisory Panel - East Windsor, NJ - Benjamin Simon will be part of the NJSIAA's first ever Student Advisory Committee, ...



Hightstown beats division rival Trenton despite 6-8 bout split (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

Trenton won the majority of bouts Wednesday night, coming out on top on an 8-6 split, but Hightstown still managed to defeat the Tornadoes 32-28 in a key CVC ...



Computer Parts in Boys' Bathroom Prompt New Jersey High School Evacuation  NBC New York

A New Jersey high school was evacuated as a safety precaution Monday after a "suspicious device" that later turned out to be oddly assembled computer parts ...



Hightstown DECA Competitors  centraljersey.com

On Thursday, January 3rd, the Hightstown High School DECA Chapter competed in District Competition at Kean University against hundreds of central New ...



Hightstown to induct historic 25th Hall of Fame class  The Trentonian

HIGHTSTOWN >> Mercer County's longest running athletic Hall of Fame reaches a milestone this year.



PPPL's Young Women's Conference Offers Fun, Education, and Inspiration in STEM  Town Topics

BUILDING A NEURON: Girls create models of a neuron using pipe cleaners and beads, under the supervision of Princeton High School junior Anisha Iyer, at the ...



Hightstown High School students advance in DECA competition  centraljersey.com

Fifty members of the Hightstown DECA Chapter placed in the Top 14 in their event at the Blue Central Regional Competition held recently at Kean University.



Civil Rights Cold-Case Bill Drafted by High Schoolers Becomes Law  Courthouse News Service

(CN) – Conceived by a group of New Jersey high school students, a bill President Donald Trump signed this week mandates the public disclosure of the FBI's ...



NJ high school students draft bill that was signed by President  News 12 New Jersey

A group of New Jersey high school students can say that they drafted a bill that was actually signed into law by a United States president.



New Firm Approved To Head East Windsor Superintendent Search  East Windsor, NJ Patch

New Firm Approved To Head Superintendent Search - East Windsor, NJ - The deadline to find a new superintendent for the East Windsor Regional School ...



Donald Trump signs bill to release FBI documents on civil rights-era killings  Jackson Clarion Ledger

President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday that clears the way for the release of previously redacted FBI documents related to civil rights-era killings, many of ...



Hightstown High School Graduate Earns Scholarship In Statewide Competition  Patch.com

Highstown High School Graduate Earns Scholarship - East Windsor, NJ - Siddhi Shah, of East Windsor, was one of three students statewide to be recognized.



Teens successfully tweet Trump for support of archives bill  WKRC TV Cincinnati

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump's signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil ...



Hightstown High School grads urged to make the world stronger (with multiple photos)  centraljersey.com

Hightstown High School seniors' spirits were as high as the clouds in the sky Tuesday morning, as they set off to chart their course for life after high school.



East Windsor BOE Names Acting Superintendent  East Windsor, NJ Patch

East Windsor BOE Names Acting Superintendent - East Windsor, NJ - The East Windsor Regional Board of Education will employ a search firm to find a ...



Students write bill to open civil rights files for families, investigators  Jackson Clarion Ledger

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones introduced a bill Tuesday that would clear the way to open records from civil rights cold cases — a bill written by high school students.



Hightstown High School teacher accused of sex with student 30 years ago  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

A Spanish teacher at Hightstown High School has been accused of sexual encounters with a student more than 30 years ago — leading to "control and ...



Hightstown High School senior receives DECA leadership award  Packet Online

Ananya Ramachandran, a senior at Hightstown High School in Hightstown, N.J., is the recipient of the 2017 DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award.



Hightstown High School Commencement 2017 (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

The Hightstown High School senior class of 2017 received their diplomas in a ceremony at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.



Heres How East Windsor Schools Were Graded On New State Report  East Windsor, NJ Patch

Here's How East Windsor Schools Were Graded - East Windsor, NJ - NJ once again released its controversial system that grades every school on a 0-100 scale.



Candidates make case for election to school board during local event  centraljersey.com

The five candidates running for three available terms on the East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education fielded questions about topics ranging ...



Hightstown High School team repeats as county Consumer Bowl champs  centraljersey.com

The Hightstown High School team that won the 2017 New Jersey Consumer Bowl state title faced some challenges if it was going to repeat as champions in ...



Matt Nelson makes triumphant return to Mercer with Harlem Globetrotters  NJ.com

For Matt Nelson, the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton has played host to a number of memorable events in his life. Nelson, who went to Hightstown High ...



Bomb look-alike that prompted school evacuation was student's misplaced item  NJ.com

Hightstown Borough Police announced Tuesday that the device found in a high school bathroom stall that spurred a school evacuation was not dangerous, nor ...



School board and teacher association to meet Jan. 9 in Hopewell  centraljersey.com

Frustrated at the lack of progress in contract negotiations and unhappy at what they consider to be unfair comparisons to other school districts, Hopewell ...



Hightstown High School Captures State Consumer Bowl Championship  Patch.com

Hightstown High School Wins Consumer Bowl Title - East Windsor, NJ - Hightstown defeated Irvington and Moorestown Friends to take home the title on ...



Hightstown girls tennis becomes school's first program to win three straight MCT titles  The Trentonian

WEST WINDSOR — This is turning into serious greatness. Not just within the confines of Hightstown High School, but throughout the county. The Rams' girls ...



Hightstown High School celebrates 101st annual commencement (With multiple photos)  Packet Online

Approximately 390 seniors graduated at the 101st annual Hightstown High School commencement ceremony June 21 at the Sun National Bank Center in ...



Trump Signs Highschoolers' Bill To Release Records On Unsolved Criminal Cases From Civil Rights Era  Newsweek

President Donald Trump has signed a bill inspired by a group of New Jersey high school students that will allow for the release of previously redacted FBI ...



After huge turnout, Hightstown has its Mt. Rushmore members  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN -- NJ.com asked which Hightstown athletes and coaches deserved to be on it's Mount Rushmore? Did Hightstown ever answer! It took 602,040 ...



East Windsor Families Rally For Grace Norton Rogers Principal  East Windsor, NJ Patch

East Windsor Families Rally For Principal - East Windsor, NJ - An online petition calls for Heather Gladkowski to retain her job as Grace Norton Rogers ...



Hightstown High School evacuated, dismissed early after teacher falls ill from fumes  Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN — Hightstown High School was evacuated this morning after a teacher was hospitalized following inhaling chemical fumes in a science lab.



Hightstown High School head football coach suspended over an alleged incident of foul language  NJ.com

$$ts0906htfbtab_396490_20.JPG. Hightstown High football head coach Pete Brescia directs practice. (Martin Griff/The Times). HIGHTSTOWN — A decision to ...



Fitting together after five decades: First graduates from new Hightstown High School have 50th reunion (With multiple photos)  Packet Online

Vicki Mack's classmates threatened to have her lead them in a cheer at their class reunion. After all, Ms. Mack had been captain of the varsity cheerleading team ...



Hightstown High School Wins Mercer County Consumer Bowl  Patch.com

Hightstown High School Wins County Consumer Bowl - East Windsor, NJ - Hightstown defeated Ewing Hamilton High School West, Hopewell Valley, ...



HIGHTSTOWN: HHS student selected for United States Senate Youth Program  centraljersey.com

Jasman Singh, a senior student at Hightstown High School, has been selected by the N.J. Department of Education as one of two students who will join Sen.



HIGHTSTOWN: The top stories of 2016 (With multiple photos)  Packet Online

A really old time capsule once again saw the light of day, the Camden & Amboy Railroad Right-of-Way Site was recognized as an historic site, the Hightstown ...



Hightstown High School DECA chapter advances 31 to the state competition  Packet Online

Thirty-one members of the Hightstown High School DECA Chapter placed in the Top 11 in their event at the Blue Central Regional Competition held Jan.



Hightstown High School to Defend Consumer Bowl Title March 11  Patch.com

Students from Hightstown High School will defend their title against seven Mercer County high schools in the 20th annual NJ High School Consumer Bowl on ...



Community gets behind Hightstown High School football team  centraljersey.com

The recent solar eclipse blocked out part of the sun, but none of the fun enjoyed by golfers who turned out for a fundraising event for the Hightstown High School.



Getting the call: Hightstown's Jose Lopez climbs the ladder in professional baseball  centraljersey.com

Professional baseball players don't often get a day off from the ballpark, but when Jose Lopez found himself with such an opportunity on Memorial Day this year, ...



Former student loses appeal in teacher sex suit  NJ.com

The former Hightstown High School student is moving forward with a suit against the teacher alone.



What Are the Most Important Things Students Should Learn in School?  New York Times

What is the most important thing you have learned in school? How has this knowledge affected your life? How do you think it will help your success in the future?



Hightstown advances in N.J. state Consumer Bowl championships  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN -- The Hightstown High School team that won the Mercer County Consumer Bowl took the Central Jersey Consumer Bowl Championship title ...



AP Government Students Will Likely Get an A for the Congressional Bill They Wrote  History

The newly declassified JFK files have been getting a lot of hype recently, but there's another group of documents that historians and activists would like to ...



Hightstown High School senior prom 2015 (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

Photographer Andrew Miller was there for The Times of Trenton to capture images of the students celebrating the night.



Senator Jones and Senator Cruz Announce House Passage of Civil Rights Cold Case Legislation  CBS42.com

The following was released by the press office of Senator Doug Jones: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation led by ...



First female carpenter to represent N.J. in national skills competition  NJ.com

Brittany Pochick will compete nationally next week.



Every NJ School Graded In Newly Released State Report: Your Rank?  Toms River, NJ Patch

Every NJ School Graded In Newly Released Report - Toms River, NJ - UPDATE: NJ released its controversial system that grades every school on a 0-100 scale.



Hightstown High School installs synthetic turf, renovates athletic field  The Times of Trenton - NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN — Highstown High School is installing a new synthetic turf and making other improvements to its athletic field this summer, which will open up the ...



HIGHTSTOWN: HHS athletes honored (with multiple photos) | Windsor Hight Herald  Packet Online

Hightstown High School's 2016 Athletic Awards Night was held on Thursday, June 2. The following are award winners and scholarship recipients:



Hightstown High girls' and boys' swimming topple Hamilton  NJ.com

Hightstown boys won 99-71 over Hamilton while the girls pulled out a 112-58 win.



VIDEO: Hightstown teacher honored  6abc.com

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (WPVI) -- Mrs. Darlene Turner is retiring after teaching at Hightstown High School for four decades. Related topics: teacher. Share: Share ...



Hightstown girls swimming pulls away late for 89-91 victory over Notre Dame (PHOTOS/VIDEO)  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN – On a few fronts, Thursday's meet against Notre Dame was shaping up to be a big challenge for Hightstown's girls swimming team. The Rams ...



HIGHTSTOWN: Rams' 1985 baseball team enters HOF on 30th Anniversary  Packet Online

The 22nd Annual Hightstown High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 9, complete with the induction luncheon ...



Which Mercer County high school musicals or plays should we photograph?  NJ.com

NJ.com will photograph high school musicals in Mercer County and we want readers to choose which ones.



Ocean City field hockey loses in state semifinal  Press of Atlantic City

HIGHTSTOWN — The Ocean City High School field hockey team fashioned an incredible season, and not even its 7-0 loss to Moorestown in the state Group III ...



Mississippi teens wrote civil rights cold case bill sponsored by Doug Jones  AL.com

The students' teacher, Stuart Wexler, said when he told his students in 2015 about how many civil rights cold cases had gone unsolved and how many of those ...



HIGHTSTOWN: School board hears drug problem plea | Windsor Hight Herald  Packet Online

HIGHTSTOWN – A local parent pleaded with Board of Education to take a look at the drug problem at the high school during its meeting on Monday night.



Hightstown football unable to overcome slow start in loss to Moorestown  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN - Hightstown played a pretty decent second half of football Friday night but it wasn't enough to make up for the first half as the Rams fell to visiting ...



Taking a step back in time: Historical Society house tour offers charm, significance  Packet Online

Take “A Step Back in Time” with the Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society, as the organization hosts its biennial self-guided house tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on ...



HIGHTSTOWN: Spotlight shines brightly on top teachers | Windsor Hight Herald  Packet Online

HIGHTSTOWN - The East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education recognized district teachers and educational specialist who were selected as ...



Hightstown football preview, 2017 (With practice PHOTOS)  NJ.com

Last season was a rebuilding year for Hightstown, which struggled with inexperienced players starting at key positions. With the majority of their starters back ...



The 939 NJ Superintendents, Principals Who Earned $150K Or More  Point Pleasant, NJ Patch

Salaries Of 939 NJ Superintendents, Principals - Point Pleasant, NJ - These 939 top-paid NJ school superintendents and principals earned $150K, even if their ...



3 Young People, Killed By New Jersey Trains This Past Week  Patch.com

3 Killed By Trains In NJ This Week - Princeton, NJ - Friends and family had fond memories of the victims who were killed by trains this past week.



Rancocas Valley makes most of rare opportunity - Sports  Burlington County Times

Winning the Central Jersey Group 4 title meant the Red Devils would face the country's No. 1 team Eastern.



National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists named for 2019  MyCentralJersey.com

Central Jersey students from 53 schools, along with one home-schooled scholar, have been named as semifinalists for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship ...



HIGHTSTOWN: New book attempts to unmask the hidden history of domestic terror  Packet Online

HIGHTSTOWN – Hightstown High School social studies teacher Stuart Wexler has published his third book, and first solo book, on domestic terrorism in the U.S. ...



Troubled Hightstown police department could be disbanded in East Windsor outsourcing deal  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN — With roughly 5,500 residents in a one-square-mile borough, Hightstown has for years debated whether the town needs its own police ...



Hightstown High School Alums Honor Fallen Friend  Patch.com

July 4th softball tournament held to raise money for the Jason Segarra Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a graduating Hightstown High School senior each year ...



No action against chief for music video shot at firehouse  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN -- Hightstown will not take any action against its fire chief in connection with a hip hop video shot at the borough's firehouse recently, the mayor ...



Hightstown parent apologizes, settles anonymous threat case  The Times of Trenton - NJ.com

It was during this time that Juzwiak received the first in a series of email from “Josh Hartnett,” whom Ackerman later revealed under oath was him.



Teachers accused of sexual misconduct keep getting jobs in N.J. Here's why  NJ.com

These N.J. teachers were allowed to keep teaching despite allegations. How "passing the trash" puts N.J. students at risk.



Local actor's latest role is on season opener of 'Chicago P.D.'  NJ.com

HIGHTSTOWN -- Since 2008, when Patrick Byas had his first speaking role on an episode of NBC's "Law and Order SVU," the local resident and actor has ...



The 5 most important things to do in the first month of school  eSchool News

Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education.



Hightstown football beats Princeton in a shootout, 35-21  NJ.com

PRINCETON -- The Hightstown High School football team had the final touchdown in a half-spanning, back-and-forth series that saw the Rams and Princeton ...



Ocean City field hockey state semifinal moved to Wednesday  Press of Atlantic City

The Ocean City High School field hockey team will face a big challenge Wednesday against Moorestown in a state Group III semifinal at Hightstown High ...



New Jersey SAT Scores Released: Every High School Ranked  Toms River, NJ Patch

New Jersey SAT Scores Released: Every HS Ranked - Toms River, NJ - We have the list of each NJ high school's average 2017 scores that were recently ...



Football previews, 2014: Hightstown  The Star-Ledger

HIGHTSTOWN -- It has been a long time since the Hightstown High School football team has had a winning record. In fact, one has to go back to the 2006 ...



HIGHTSTOWN: Board of Education recognizes June retirees | Archives  Packet Online

HIGHTSTOWN — Monday night, the Board of Education recognized a dozen staff members retiring at the close of the academic year.



The Strange David and Goliath Saga of Radio Frequencies  WIRED

The wireless mic systems used by countless schools, churches, theaters, and other venues, are about to become obsolete, all because the telecom companies ...



EAST WINDSOR: The top stories of 2016 | Windsor Hight Herald  Packet Online

There was lots of news in East Windsor over the course of 2016. And the year started off with in full force with East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov taking the.



Hightstown H.S. teacher chosen for national fellowship program  NJ.com

Hightstown High School English teacher Katie Cubano is focused on leading from the classroom. Her new fellowship with the National Council of Teachers of ...



Hightstown prepares to induct 22nd Hall of Fame class  The Trentonian

HIGHTSTOWN >> One of the longest-running and most respected athletic affairs in Mercer County takes place on Oct. 9 when the 22nd Annual Hightstown High ...



EAST WINDSOR: Educator Jessica Smedley takes Hillsborough job  Packet Online

Jessica Smedley, the supervisor of counseling at East Windsor Regional School District, was hired Monday as the new director of guidance in a revamped ...



Watt NXT advances to NJ State Robotics Championship  MyCentralJersey.com

Robotics team 7350 Watt NXT qualified from the FTC Snow Day Showdown X Qualifier at Hightstown High School.



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