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We the People program creates civic engagement

18 Feb 2017

Justice Boehm is exactly correct: Civic education has been on a decline in Indiana and throughout the country for decades, due to our desire to compete scientifically and technologically with nations like the former Soviet Union [Boehm: Civic education is necessary to maintain our republic, Jan. 16]. The side effects of the emphasis on science and math have been an overall de-emphasis of civic education. Therefore, we should pay heed to the proven effectiveness of educational programs like We the People. A 2014-15 study by Georgetown University confirmed that We the People students were not only more knowledgeable than their peers on how our    Read more >

Students display their constitutional knowledge

15 Feb 2017

Decked out in slacks, ties, dresses and blazers, about 50 Desert Shadows Middle School eighth-graders took turns defending their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution Tuesday morning, reading essay responses and fielding questions from a panel of judges. After studying the Constitution from its conception to present day during the first semester of the school year, the students worked in teams to research a question and prepare an argument to present during the Simulated Congressional Hearings at the Santa Cruz County Complex. “They had to find their own supreme court cases that backed up their position. They had to find current events that    Read more >

Maine South Constitution Team honored for recent success

15 Feb 2017

Successes in U.S. Constitutional law and musicianship earned two groups of Maine South High School students recognition from the Park Ridge City Council recently. The school's Constitution Team and representatives from the band, orchestra and choir programs were on hand for the council's Feb. 6 meeting, where they were commended by elected officials. The Constitution Team was lauded for its latest win in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition held Dec. 2 in Chicago. The 30-member team now heads to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals in April. Park Ridge acting Mayor Marty Maloney said Maine South's    Read more >

Wauwatosa West's 'We the People' team heading to nationals

15 Feb 2017

Consistency is often an indication of quality. Wauwatosa West High School's "We the People" team is the epitome of those words and demonstrated so by advancing to the national level of competition for the tenth consecutive year. “The understanding these students have about our Constitution and government is beyond impressive," Chad Mateske, the faculty leader of the group said. "They are certain to be leaders in their occupations and their communities.” The students are headed to Washington D.C. to represent Wisconsin and compete in the event called "We the People: The Citizen and Constitution competition" April 22-24. The team    Read more >

Plainfield High School to participate in national competition

15 Feb 2017

The Indiana Bar Foundation recently announced that two Indiana high school teams will compete in the national civics competition 'We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution,' including Hendricks County's own Plainfield High School (PHS). Cathedral High School, led by teacher Jill Baisinger, won the state finals in December 2016, which placed her team automatically into the competition with 53 other schools from across the nation. Baisinger's teams have attended the national finals six times in her teaching career. PHS finished second at the Indiana state finals and will attend as a wild card team this year. Plainfield’s team is led    Read more >

New Visions: Law & Government team won the New York State "We The People: T

15 Feb 2017

For the third year in a row, the New Visions: Law & Government team won the New York State "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition. The team, consisting of high school seniors from Capital Region BOCES and Questar III, bested nearly 150 finalists, their peers from five other school districts statewide on Saturday. They had to explain the philosophical and historical foundations on which the American political system is based. They advance to the national competition in April in Washington. New Visions: Law & Government is a program of the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School. Students attend the program in    Read more >

Boonsboro student gets taste of public service as page to Washington County delegation

13 Feb 2017

While some of his tasks involved grabbing coffee or running off copies, Zane Poffenberger's time in Annapolis supplied him with valuable experience and face time with government types that could prove beneficial. Last fall, the senior at Boonsboro High School was chosen to serve as a Washington County representative in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. The civic-minded 18-year-old son of Jennifer and Mark Poffenberger of Boonsboro, Zane spent a week in January in Maryland's capital and will head back for another week in March. "It's been a great experience," Zane said. "It's been great to meet different people my age    Read more >

Boonsboro's 'We The People' team headed to nationals in April

11 Feb 2017

After taking top honors in regional competitions, a group of Boonsboro High School students will be putting their constitutional knowledge to the test on the national level in April. It's a program called "We The People: The Citizen and The Constitution," and 17 students from Boonsboro took home district and state titles earlier this school year to punch their tickets to Washington, D.C., for the third time since 2013. "The national competition experience is so awesome for the kids because it's not just about competing," said social studies teacher Ashley Vascik. "... They get to do everything there is to do in D.C." The competition,    Read more >

ACHS students share solutions for local and global problems

10 Feb 2017

ATLANTIC CITY — Priyanka Shah remembers playing on the Kingston Avenue playground as a young child. Today, at 15, she is concerned about the rundown condition of the park. So she and five classmates at Atlantic City High School decided to make “Problematic Playground” the theme of their Project Citizen proposal, suggesting community involvement to help fix them up. On Thursday, students at the high school displayed their projects in the gym for classmates, staff and a few invited guests, including Mayor Don Guardian. “People have to love their park to use it and take care of it,” the mayor said. He cited the park near the Texas    Read more >

Tosa West's "We the People" Team Wins 10th Straight WI Title, Earns Trip to DC

09 Feb 2017

The American Public Policy Special Emphasis students at Wauwatosa West High School have a unique perspective on what's happening in Washington. "It's normal.” Said junior Sophie Johnson. “They're opposing parties. They're always going to be clashing but we still need them to work together to form a functioning society. " ?"Just the indepthness that we've taken into looking at the United States government really helps us understand what's going on when they use terms that maybe the general public wouldn't understand.” Junior Joey Wehrley said. “But the ability to decipher that and to understand what's really going going on with the    Read more >


08 Feb 2017

Hundreds of bright young students with anxious parents and other supporters impressed an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who judged the WE THE PEOPLE Nevada State finals competition. WE THE PEOPLE is a program intended to foster student understanding of American democracy, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students from 12 high schools, who won regional competitions throughout the state of Nevada, including eight from the Clark County School District (CCSD), converged on the West Career and Technical Academy for the Nevada State Finals competition and wowed the judges with their presentations. It’s round-    Read more >

Sheridan High School We the People Team Wins State

08 Feb 2017

In an article that includes audio clips as well, tor the fourth consecutive year, the Sheridan High School We the People team is Wyoming’s state champions. The team’s Coach Tyson Emborg, said that he was very pleased with the competition. Sheridan High School is one of a handful of Wyoming schools that participate in the competition each year. Emborg shared what the next level of competition will be. We the People competitions challenge students knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Emborg said that the community support of the program over the years has been wonderful    Read more >

Laramie High School competes in civics competition state finals

07 Feb 2017

Laramie High School students competed Monday in the state finals of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a national competition that evaluates students’ knowledge of American civics. The LHS team joined more than 100 students from five other schools — Cheyenne Central High School, Cheyenne East High School, Jackson High School, Sheridan High School and Glenrock High School — at the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn, participating in simulated Congressional hearings designed to test their understanding of American government    Read more >

Reno High School Wins State We the People Competition

07 Feb 2017

This video story describes the success of the We the People teacher and student from Reno High School    Read more >

Civics competition to take stage at statehouse

07 Feb 2017

Is Congress the most important link between the American people and their national government? What is the value of the dissenting opinion in American jurisprudence? Why did Congress think it was necessary to pass the Voting Rights Act? These are a few of the questions high school students from across the state prepared to answer at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition held on January 27 at the Ohio Statehouse. More than 300 Ohio students from 11 schools participated: Archbold High School, Ayersville High School, Bellbrook High School, Findlay High School, Leaves of Learning, Ravenna High School,    Read more >

We the People State Finals

07 Feb 2017

The We the People state finals took place on Monday in Laramie. The final six schools competed to not only take home state, but to move on to the national finals. The main goal for the competition is to teach students about how our government was formed and how it works. "The goal of the 'We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution' program is develop the civic competence in students." said Matt Strannigan, the state coordinator. Among the many participants in the finals, Jacob Tallabas, from Cheyenne Central High School, said why this competition is important to him, "I think this competition is important to me because it gives us    Read more >

Wyoming students show off government knowledge in “We the People”

07 Feb 2017

CHEYENNE – Local students on Monday demonstrated their in- depth understanding of national civics. Student representatives from Cheyenne’s Central and East highs competed in the “We the People” State Hearing at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. Matt Strannigan, program coordinator for “We the People,” said, “This is a program that helps inform (students) on how to become informed voters. It teaches them how to participate in the process of being a citizen, and its primary goal is to develop civic competence.” Teams from six schools attended the hearing. They were selected as the top six teams from 20 across the state that    Read more >

Photo Gallery: California State Finals of We The People

06 Feb 2017

The California State Finals of We the People took place on February 4 in Bakersfield. The Bakersfield Californian newspaper posted eight excellent photos of moments in the competition, which is modeled on simulated congressional hearings    Read more >

We the People claims 10th win at state

05 Feb 2017

The 17 members of the We the People team from Blackfoot High School claimed its 10th win in a row at the Idaho State Competition on Thursday. The team and coaches will be heading to the national finals April 21-24 in Washington, D.C. This is the 30th anniversary of this competition. More than 1,000 students will compete in congressional hearings on government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Seven teams competed in the Idaho state event. "This is a really strong team," said the teacher, Holly Kartchner. "Starting next week, the students will do more research and write all new papers for nationals." The We the People team is divided in    Read more >


02 Feb 2017

In recognition of their 20th state championship, Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team was honored on Wednesday by the Washington State Senate with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn. “Every time these students visit my office, I am energized by their enthusiasm for civic education,” said Mullet. “Their passion for the subject matter is so impressive.” In April, the team will represent the state of Washington at the 30th anniversary “We the People” Finals in Washington D.C. In 2016, Tahoma finished ninth in the nation. Tahoma has now advanced teams to the top ten in the    Read more >