Spotlight on Success
The Bill of Rights Institute engages, educates, and empowers tens of thousands of inspiring students, alumni, and educators each year and we want to share their amazing stories with YOU! Please read through our current Spotlights (below) and browse our past Spotlights (click “more” above) for additional examples of the great work happening in classrooms, homes, and communities across the country!
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Honors: Two time Colorado History Day State Champion, Colorado All State Band, 2016 Daniels Scholar
Joshua Bogen is currently a freshman at Occidental College in Denver, Colorado. He is active in his community and participates in extra-curricular activities such as teaching Hebrew and Judaica, and playing Varsity baseball. He is a Board Member of The Rose Youth Foundation, an organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life of the Greater Denver community through its leadership, resources, traditions and values.
Joshua is an alumnus of Constitutional Academy 2015. A defining moment in Josh’s education came during Constitutional Academy when he discovered that, “discourse is the most powerful tool in our democracy.” Reflecting on Constitutional Academy Josh said that, “during the Academy I spent most of my time talking to those I disagreed with, because I realized that I could learn more from those with whom I disagreed than I would in an entire year of high school government class.” Since participating in Constitutional Academy Josh has remained in contact with many of his colleagues, and continues to engage in ongoing discourse and friendly debate with them.
Joshua’s biggest achievement as a student was receiving the Daniels Fund Scholarship. The Daniels Fund Scholarships is awarded to students in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Utah who are recognized as having great leadership potential, the desire to do good, and the aptitude to do well. Joshua said that, “it has been a tremendous honor to be a part of this wonderful organization.”
Joshua is still in the process of figuring out what he would like to do in life, although he does have a passion for politics. He said that “Whatever I decide to do, my only goal is to help the world as much as I possibly can. To me, a person’s purpose on this planet is to leave it better than they found it.”
November 2016 – Michael Rohlin
VFW Citizenship Teacher Award for Western New York
While new to The Institute’s programs, Michael Rohlin has already proven himself to be a dedicated educator. The first clue was when he drove several hours from Mayville, New York to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in BRI’s “Congress: The First Branch and the Constitution” .
While attending this seminar, it was clear to everyone that Michael was eager to contribute during the discussion groups. His enthusiasm was inspiring and infectious.
When asked about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the first word that came to Michael’s mind was “passion.” He believes that this passion for the founding documents of our nation drives him to engage his students with lessons and activities centered around these key documents. To facilitate student learning, Michael told us that he consistently uses BRI’s resources to help his students better understand our nation’s founding.
Michael discusses the importance of the Constitution with his students and helps them learn about the founding documents through a focus on the inner-workings of the government. His goal is to ensure that everyone leaves his classroom with a basic understanding of the roles of each branch of our government and how they currently operate in our modern world.
This award-winning teacher considers his most satisfying accomplishments when students remark that his class has helped them to better understand our government; and also the times thatMichael is contacted by a former student seeking to gain more knowledge.
Beyond the classroom, Michael speaks with the parents of his students about encouraging their children to become involved in community and civic activities. Many of his current and former students are now engaged as young citizens working to change the world in their own community.
Our staff is grateful for Mr. Rohlin’s participation as a newcomer to The Institute’s programs. We certainly look forward to seeing him again at future seminars and Institute sponsored colloquia!