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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Graduating Year: 2017
Honors: Two-time FBLA states attendee, Silver Medal winner at the Head of Ohio (2015), Bronze Medal winner at Midwest Rowing Regionals (2015)
Daniel is currently a senior at Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh. Beyond his academic pursuits, he is an active member of his school’s FBLA team, crew team, forensics club, chess club and orchestra. Daniel has had worked diligently in pursuing his passions as he is a regional silver and bronze medalist in crew, and is a two-time state qualifier in the FBLA.
Daniel has participated in the Institute’s online debate platform, and was also selected to attend the . In reflecting on the Academy Daniel says that, “he loved having open and civil discussions on a variety of hot political topics with students from all over the nation. Constitutional Academy strengthened my understanding the Constitution.”
His is known as somewhat of a history buff. His academic interests convey this message as he has excelled in his AP US History, AP World History, AP Government courses. When asked about how the Constitution and the founding principles play a role in his life he says,” I want to tie the Constitution into my life by respecting the rights that I believe everyone has.” Daniel believes that the Constitution is the most important document in our country’s history, as it secures certain rights for citizens and facilitates freedom.
Daniel is looking forward to graduating this upcoming spring and taking his talents to either the University of Pittsburgh, Holy Cross, Hillsdale College, or Loyola University in Maryland. After majoring in political science or business, Daniel aspires to attend law school in order to becomes a Constitutional lawyer. He desires to help others understand their rights and guarantee their protection by the Constitution.
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!