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March 16, 2001

Teens to Grill Legislators About High School Exit Exam

Nine high school students from across California will conduct a press conference with state legislators about the state's new High School Exit Exam at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 22 in the State Capitol room 1190.

The press conference is part of a daylong Student Journalism Summit sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education effort of California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies.
Students will question Sen. Jack O'Connell (D-San Luis Obispo) and Sen. Charles Poochigian (R-Fresno). Paula Gardner of the CSUS College of Education will moderate, and more than 150 classes from around the state will watch the press conference on the California Channel or view it on videotape.

Student participants were chosen in a statewide essay contest in which they were asked whether the High School Exit Exam is a fair way to measure a student's abilities. More than 500 students entered the contest.

The essay contest winners include Chris Bockman and Phuong Pham of North High in Torrance; Jesse Gross of Sir Francis Drake High in San Anselmo; Jason Hopper of Rio Americano High in Sacramento; Julia Lee and Josh Ludmir of Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach; Julian Leichty of Edison High in Fresno; Angie Monette of San Rafael High in San Rafael; Nisa Pungpravat of San Gabriel Mission High in San Gabriel; and Sonia Preet Samagh of Rancho Bernardo High in San Diego. Contest winner Julia Lee will not be able to attend the event.

More information is available by contacting Kolleen Ostgaard, LegiSchool Project director, at (916) 278-6906.



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