STEUBENVILLE - Jake Bolger, a sophomore at Catholic Central High School, will be one of several youth participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI in Washington, D.C., Sunday through July 19.
Bolger, the son of Pam and Steve Bolger, cited his strong interests in law and criminal science as the reasons for attending the six-day seminar.
During the event, Bolger will take part in simulations involving law and court officials from municipal to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to a press release from the organization, the curriculum is based on actual events, and "Students gain confidence and new perspectives on justice as they see how court cases often change the legal system," stated the release.
Participating students are nominated to attend the forum by teachers, school administrators and guidance counselors depending on their interest in law and forensic science, according to the release.
Bolger and other students also will visit law schools, which in the past have included the Georgetown University law Center, the George Washington University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law.
"This is where the forum begins to take shape for many students," said Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for the event. "The forum provides students with a valuable opportunity to learn from partners at law firms, forensic pathologists, criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, professors and experts in the legal profession."
Bolger is enrolled in honor classes and has a 4.0 grade-point average. He's additionally a member of the CCHS varsity basketball team and a member of the Triumph of the Cross Parish, where he's served as an alter server for the past four years. He also has volunteered as a youth leader for the past two years at the Italian Village's Campo Italiano.