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15 Jan 2017

The We, The People (WTP) program statewide final competition occurred in mid-December at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston. Pictured above are the winning students from Clay County High School, their teacher, Philip Dobbins, U. S. District Court Judge Joseph Robert Goodwin and Rebecca Tinder, the WTP State Coordinator. This national program involves high school students making presentations and answering questions on constitutional issues. The judges for the program are lawyers, members of the judiciary and community leaders. The Bar Foundation has provided grants in the past, as well as actually administering    Read more >

Sky View continues to dominate state We The People civic debate

14 Jan 2017

Sky View High School has continued the 11-year tradition of bringing home the state championship for the civic debate program We The People: Citizen and the Constitution. “Some call it a dynasty, but I just call it luck and hard work,” said Mike Rigby, AP U.S. government teacher who has coached We The People at Sky View since 2002. Hosted by the Center for Civic Education, We The People is set up like a congressional committee hearing. Since September, the 21 members of the Sky View squad have been divided into six groups, each assigned to prepare responses to sets of three questions. At the state competition, held at the Utah Capitol    Read more >

Questar School students participate in We the People

13 Jan 2017

For the sixth time, students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School and Questar III New Visions: Law & Government program will compete at the state "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition Feb. 11 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road. The team is Quentin Rubel, Chatham; Carson Rowe, Scotia-Glenville; Kelsey Delaney, Schalmont; Edwin Lawson, Berne-Knox-Westerlo; Skyler Leveroni, Averill Park; Matthew McHugh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk; Jared Scali, Hudson; Sureet Pabbi, Niskayuna; Emma Trendell, Schoharie; and Madison Tyndell, Rensselaer    Read more >

A local accomplishment

13 Jan 2017

As a sports fan, I love watching a football game on a crisp fall day. I breathe in the rich smell of freshly cut grass on the first day of spring training and remember the glory days when I was still able to run the bases or coach “my boys.” I get why we celebrate athletes, plaster their photos on the front page, and dedicate talk shows to reliving last night’s game. But in all of this sports adoration, we tend to overlook accomplishments that are equally impressive, just as noteworthy, and often much more important in the greater scheme of things. I draw everyone’s attention to Sky View’s We the People Team. For those unfamiliar,    Read more >

The students are ‘the people,’ and well educated in Constitutional issues, too

12 Jan 2017

Lincoln Southeast High School won the ‘We the People’ competition, while Lincoln East High School finished second. Southeast is eligible to attend the national competition this spring in Washington, D.C. If you want a glimpse of the types of conversations students are having about constitutional issues, a We the People competition is the best place to start. Three expressive and knowledgeable students sit at one table, well studied on current affairs related to government. Meanwhile, three judges - each with a different background, usually in the legal or constitutional field - listen to the quality of the student answers. In one room    Read more >

BOCES team to compete in constitution event for sixth time

12 Jan 2017

ALBANY >> For the sixth time, students from the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School and Questar III New Visions: Law & Government program will compete in the statewide We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. The two-time defending state champions will look for a third straight trip to the national compeition when it competes Feb. 11 at the Albany Mariott after earning its sixth regional title. The 10-student team includes Quentin Rubel of Chatham, Carson Rowe of Scotia-Glenville, Kelsey Delaney of Schalmont, Edwin Lawson of Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Skyler Leveroni of Averill Park, Matthew McHugh of Ravena-    Read more >

Holbrook student club's bill for Peace Day becomes state law

12 Jan 2017

The Bay State will celebrate its first annual Peace Day this fall thanks to legislation promoted by the South School sixth grade Civics Club. Fifty-eight Civics Club members attended the signing of the proclamation Dec. 7 declaring their bill to designate Sept. 21 as Peace Day in Massachusetts as a state law in accordance with the International Day of Peace. Lt. Gov. Karin Polito presided over the ceremony, congratulating the students for their dedication over the past year. Sixth grade civics teacher and Civics Club founder Mary Clougher described the journey that began Jan. 27, 2016, when the club gave a presentation to selectmen. At    Read more >

Eufaula High School Students compete for state title in We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition

12 Jan 2017

Eufaula High School students will join more than 150 students from six high schools across the state that will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights during the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition. The competition will be held on January 13 at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During the competition students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution before a simulated congressional hearing committee. The committee, consisting of constitutional scholars, lawyers, government leaders, and civic educators, will judge the classes’    Read more >

Students in We the People competition flex their constitutional knowledge

06 Jan 2017

Three North Star seniors took turns Thursday morning debating the benefits and drawbacks of presidential and parliamentary forms of democracy. They’d braved the snow and cold to sit in a lecture hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law and show their constitutional stuff to three judges: a law professor, an Omaha Public Schools social studies administrator and a retired solicitor general from the state attorney general’s office. It was the first time they'd been part of a 30-year-old competition called We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, which tests students on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and    Read more >

‘We the People’ team in state tourney (again)

23 Dec 2016

A four-peat? Could be. Come Feb. 6, Sheridan High School’s “We the People” team will again be in competition for the state championship in Cheyenne, the winner will represent Wyoming nationally in Washington, D.C., April 21-24. The team, sponsored and coached by educator Tyson Emborg, has won three straight championships. Other Wyoming teams competing in Laramie for the title will include schools from Cheyenne, Glenrock, Laramie and Jackson. If you’re interested in watching dress-rehearsal of the SHS team before they compete, the public’s invited to attend the warm-up Jan. 30 at the Fulmer Public Library beginning at 5 p.m. Info    Read more >

St. Charles wins county 'We the People' competition

23 Dec 2016

Displaying their knowledge and opinions on government and civic responsibility, St. Charles High School students won the first ever Charles County “We the People” competition. “I’m very proud of them; they worked very hard,” said Michael Colatruglio, St. Charles government teacher and coach for the school’s team. “We used five or six class periods for this, and they’ve been really exceptional to work with from Day One. They made my job very easy    Read more >

Fifth graders hold mock congressional hearing

22 Dec 2016

On Tuesday, Dec. 20 a group of Del Norte fifth graders showed off their knowledge of the United State’s government. A mock congressional hearing was held at the high school auditorium and the young students presented speeches based on a standard question and then answered follow-up questions from a panel of three local judges. Fifth grade social studies teacher Maurice Butler organized the program throughout the fall semester. Butler said her students had worked hard and had been studying “We the People.” The “We the People: Congressional Mock Hearing” curriculum is a program held in many school districts nationwide. The    Read more >

Molalla teacher receives Civic Scholar Award

21 Dec 2016

Kurt Van Deren, a Molalla High School civics and government teacher, has been named 2016-2017 Civic Scholar for Senate District 09 by Senator Fred Girod. As part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers, state legislators in every Oregon district have selected two teachers from their district to be honored as Civic Scholars. The award came as a surprise to Van Deren, who pushes to be exceptional in his work as a teacher of AP Government and Civics. Much of Van Deren’s teaching is connected to the Classroom Law Project and the James Madison Legacy Project. He will be    Read more >

Students Show “We The People” Should Stand Together

21 Dec 2016

Many say young people don’t get into politics. But more than 250 high school and middle school students from southern Indiana showed off their knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students competed in mock congressional hearings called We the People: the citizen and the Constitution. The idea was for kids to study a textbook for a semester and then sit down with a panel of community judges to answer questions about what they think the founding fathers would think of the world now. Judges say they were impressed with what the students brought to the table. Program Director at UE Erin Lewis says, “These students knew exactly    Read more >

T.C. Williams Seniors Win Northern Virginia Regionals Of The “We the People” Competition

20 Dec 2016

Congratulations to the T.C. Williams seniors in RaAlim Shabazz’s Honors 12 Virginia and U.S. Government – We the People class, who won the Northern Virginia Regional “We the People” competition. The team captured the District Championship in 2013 and 2014 and has now been crowned the 2016 Champion for Northern Virginia. "The award is a true honor that recognizes superior understanding of the constitution and constitutional issues across six units of study ranging from the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of United States Constitutional Government to pondering the challenges that might face American constitutional democracy    Read more >

Is literature the answer to tackling poor civics curriculum?

21 Dec 2016

Judging by the cover, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" only seems like a story about two boys on a raft. But while the reader follows Huck and Jim on their adventure down the Mississippi, they gain much more than a tale about friendship. With each scene, Mark Twain offers a snapshot of American life within the nation’s transforming civic culture and complicated political past. Such stories can help the reader better understand differences in others through complex character narratives, say psychologists. Empathy and treating others kindly are not only the types of social values that colleges and employers say they desire in students.    Read more >

We the People: ‘Hold your head high’

20 Dec 2016

“Let’s talk,” Michael Potts said to his fifth-period We the People class. Heads hung low. One student wiped tears from her eyes and the room was quiet. It was the first time they’d all been together after placing second in the state finals of the civics contest, eliminating them from the spring national competition in Washington, D.C. Rival Fishers Junior High School took the state title this year by 95 points. The classroom with photos of presidents lining the walls was like a locker room following a major defeat. And Potts was its coach, giving it to them straight. “This is a team sport,” Potts told the room. “We’re    Read more >

Trumbull High's We The People Team Scores Another Victory In Civics Contest

20 Dec 2016

Trumbull High School's We the People team is headed to the national championships again after successfully capturing the state title for the sixth year in a row. The 24 seniors who competed Dec. 9 have spent the year preparing for the hotly contested event, which involves making polished presentations and answering on-the-fly questions about complex constitutional topics. “Every individual in that room had educated opinions with facts and a plethora of support to back it up, and even more so, they had passion in every word they spoke,” said team member Keerthi Yalamanchili. “I think that's what makes our Trumbull team so great. We    Read more >

We the People team wins again

21 Dec 2016

fter Trumbull High School captured its sixth straight state We the People championship last week, team adviser Katie Boland realized this: winning does not get old. The team of 24 high school seniors, all members of Boland’s Advanced Placement Government class competed earlier this month in a competition at Central Connecticut State University called “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.” They have been preparing since the start of the school year to present arguments in a simulated congressional hearing. The competition involves making presentations and answering questions on constitutional topics posed by judges from    Read more >


16 Dec 2016

More than 400 middle and high school students from throughout San Diego and Riverside counties will converge at Grossmont College Dec. 15 and 16 to compete in a series of simulated congressional hearings testing how well they know the Constitution. Eleven middle and high schools are taking part in the innovative educational program titled We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution, which is now in its 29th year. The program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, Grossmont College, and the Cuyamaca College Constitution Education Committee. The Elks Lodge of El Cajon provides major funding for the event. The competition gets    Read more >