Teens to meet Justice Sotomayor

Three School District 51 students will meet U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor next week in Denver.

One hundred Colorado eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders from each Senate and House district in the state will have a chance to hear Sotomayor speak about her life as the third woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask her questions the morning of May 2. Sotomayor will be in Denver to help dedicate the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center that afternoon.

Students applied for the opportunity and were selected by members of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council. Local students picked for the free event are Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program sophomore Caleb Kostreva, Fruita Monument High School sophomore Elisia Koury and Redlands Middle School eighth-grader Ethan Schweissing.

Schweissing, 14, said he applied for the opportunity because both of his parents work in the legal system. He said it was “a pretty big surprise” to be selected to meet Sotomayor. He’s a little nervous but mostly excited to meet her.

“I’m interested in why she wanted to be who she is and how she got there. Also, do they think they (justices) should be able to change the constitution?” Schweissing said.

Koury, 15, said she’s not sure what she will ask Sotomayor. She said she was given a list of questions she can’t ask, including questions about past or pending court cases, Sotomayor’s political views or her role models.

“Those were kind of what my questions were,” she said.

Koury said she will probably ask Sotomayor what her ideas are for encouraging more Hispanic women to go into the judicial field. Koury herself wants to pursue a legal career.

“I want to be a lawyer so that’s why I applied” for the event, she said.


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