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IN RECOGNITION OF AMADOR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL'S ``WE THE PEOPLE'' TEAM; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 78

05/14/2019

HON. ERIC SWALWELL of California in the House of Representatives Friday, May 10, 2019 Mr. SWALWELL of California. Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize the students of Amador Valley High School (AVHS) in my congressional district, who competed in the national We the People competition held right here in Washington, D.C. I am proud to report that its We the People competition team took second place out of 56 participating groups. The We the People competition is held annually. Teams come to Washington, D.C. to compete in mock congressional hearings that test the high school students' knowledge of U.S.    Read more >


For the Seventh Straight Year

05/13/2019

For the seventh straight year, the Hutchinson High School “We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution” team made it to nationals in Washington, D.C. The competition is a rigorous academic program, which requires analytical skills and the application of constitutional principles and history to contemporary situations through mock Congressional hearings. Hutchinson’s team of 25 students was among 1,200 students competing from 48 states and the District of Columbia    Read more >


Share May 7, 2019 Miami Lakes Middle School students win national competition in Washington, D.C.

05/09/2019

In both a video story and a written one, Channel 7 in Miami reported: A group of South Florida students returned home as national champions after they won a competition in Washington, D.C. The young scholars from Miami Lakes Middle School are now national first place winners after they won the We the People National Invitational, Monday. “They have to know Supreme Court cases, they have to know documents, they have to know current events and how they relate to the Constitution, so there’s a lot of law that they must be aware of,” said teacher Lisa Deyarza. This is not the team’s first win, as they have won multiple competitions    Read more >


We the Young People

05/09/2019

Frisco ISD -TV produced a segment showcasing We the People/JMLP hearings    Read more >


We the People team wins ninth in nation

05/09/2019

Tahoma High School’s storied We the People program this week added another top 10 finish to their belt, bringing home ninth place in the nation from the capitol. “Tahoma’s We the People Constitutional Warriors did a fantastic job of representing Washington state at We the People Nationals in Washington, D.C. Their performance was absolutely outstanding, as they connected the founding principles of our democracy to current events,” adviser Gretchen Wulfing said. “These students articulated their answers to very aggressive, challenging questions with brilliance and heart. Their passion for our founding documents is inspiring. Under    Read more >


Douglas Freeman High School students finish sixth in national competition

05/08/2019

ABC 8 News reported that students at Douglas Freeman High School placed sixth at the national "We The People" competition in Washington, D.C. The "We The People" program focuses on American history, the United States Constitution and the American legal system. At the national finals, the 24 seniors competed as a wild card team in three days of simulated congressional hearings. The students ultimately advanced into the top ten and later finished sixth    Read more >


Boonsboro Middle tops 'We The People' district competition

05/02/2019

Although they are several years away from voting age, E. Russell Hicks Middle School eighth-graders Eva Jovel, Lakin Wright, Ethan VanMeter and Lydia McFarland know their rights. “We need to know what rights are being protected and have informed opinions,” Eva said. As part of their school’s “We The People” team, the students studied the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and other documents to get a handle on how and why the United States’ government was designed the way it was. They competed against teams from four other Washington County Public Schools Wednesday for the district middle school title, coming in    Read more >


Amador Valley finishes second in nation at We the People finals

05/02/2019

Amador Valley High School is celebrating another strong performance at the We the People civics competition national finals in Washington, D.C. The highly decorated Dons team placed second nationwide for 2019 last weekend after sweeping the state championship in February. The Foothill High School team, which finished second at state, also qualified for nationals but was eliminated in an earlier round in D.C. "This team did such a terrific job in an incredibly competitive year," Amador coach Stacey Sklar said. "I am very proud of their hard work." Amador interim principal Nimarta Grewal echoed Sklar's remarks. "The entire Amador community    Read more >


Team from Denver’s East High School wins national We the People civics competition

05/02/2019

A team from Denver’s East High School took first place this week in the nationwide We the People civics competition in Washington, D.C. The competition started April 26 and ended Monday. Students “testified” in a mock congressional hearing and answered judges’ questions about their knowledge of the Constitution, such as how the Founding Fathers limited majority rule and how the Supreme Court arrived at the idea of a right to privacy. Teams had to win at the state level to advance, though some states, including Colorado, sent a second team that qualified for a wild-card spot. The competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic    Read more >


Black River finishes top 10 in national civics competition

05/02/2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its second year of competing in the We the People civic competition, Black River Public School placed tenth out of 56 teams at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Black River High School students took second in the statewide competition on Jan. 11 and raised money to travel to the national contest April 26-30 at the nation’s capital. We the People is a national civics competition run by the nonprofit Center for Civic Education. At We the People competitions, students give speeches on constitutional issues to a panel of judges and are scored on their ability to answer follow-up questions. Students are prompted    Read more >


Eighth-grader’s project takes bite out of Austin school lunch debt

05/02/2019

A 14-year-old Austin student is raising money to wipe out lunch debt in Austin district schools. Ben Hofer, an eighth grader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, decided to tackle the lunch debt for three Austin district campuses for a school service project, Project Citizen. The original goal for his semester-long “LunchCounts!“project was to raise ,200 to pay off the lunch debts at Akins High, Parades Middle School and Blazier Elementary, because the campuses had among the highest balances in the Austin district. But Ben exceeded the amount and now is trying to reach ,000 to help pay off the debts at more schools. “I can see how    Read more >


Ten High Schools Advance To Championship Round Of National Competition On Constitution And Bill Of Rights

04/29/2019

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Schools from California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia and Washington are advancing to the championship round of the 2019 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Monday, April 29. Ten classes will vie for first place in the academic competition, where students demonstrate their constitutional knowledge during simulated congressional hearings. The championship round will take place in congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. The competition schedule is provided below. Nearly 1,300 high school students from 44 states have gathered in Washington, D.C., to    Read more >


IN RECOGNITION OF EASTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL'S `WE THE PEOPLE' TEAM; Congressional Record

04/26/2019

HON. RICHARD E. NEAL of massachusetts in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Mr. NEAL. Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the students and advisors of Easthampton High School's `We The People' team for their hard work, dedication, and outstanding achievement. These individuals prevailed over a number of highly skilled competitors to earn first-place honors in the Massachusetts `We The People' academic contest for the second year in a row. They have accordingly earned    Read more >


Monomoy Students Pitch Ban On Flavored Tobacco Products

04/17/2019

Voters will be asked in the annual town meeting to approve a petitioned article to amend a board of health regulation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products. The initiative is the work of Monomoy Regional High School students involved in Project Citizen. Project Citizen is part of the eighth grade civic curriculum in which identify social problems and propose means to address them. A couple of weeks ago Project Citizen students Declan Russell, Courteney Dery and Alexa Long stood before selectmen asking the board to endorse another petitioned article seeking to ban single-use plastic straws in town to reduce the amount of plastic    Read more >


GLACIER GOVERNMENT STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL FINALS

04/13/2019

Glacier High School government students are headed to Washington, D.C. to share their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and the government at the We the People National Finals following a first-place finish at the state level. The 2019 state championship team includes Kamren Barkus, Marcus DeVries, Kyla Harris, Brooklyn Lamers, Andrew Lorenc, AJ Popp, Benjamin Schwaller, Donnie Simms, Logan Stencel, Lauren Stratton, Alexander White and Alyeska Zuckert. They will be among more than 1,200 students from around the U.S. competing at finals. The competition simulates a congressional hearing where students “testify as    Read more >


Congressperson Schrier Congratulates Tahoma High School

04/09/2019

In this video clip Congressperson Kim Schrier congratulates a class from Tahoma High School and teacher Gretchen Wulfing for their excellence in the We the People competition, having won the Washington State Competition    Read more >


Highland Park students consider how refugees survive, thrive

04/09/2019

Sixth graders at Edgewood Middle School studied what it was like to be a refugee, a topic of particular resonance this year because many of them were displaced after Elm Place Middle School was closed. They read “Refugee” by Alan Gratz, which tells the stories of three young people uprooted from unsafe environments: A Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany; a Cuban girl in 1994 and a Syrian boy in 2015. They thought about the fears and anxieties when entering an environment with a different culture and language — or where simply fitting in may be difficult. On April 5, the students presented their research, insights and suggestions to a guest    Read more >


New bill aims to fund education programs in civics, law, and history

04/05/2019

All eyes have been on the 2019 Nevada legislature and one of the hottest topics this session is education. Specifically, funding for programs that focus on civics, law, and history. Ads by ZEDO Back in February, Senate Bill 193 was first introduced to the Senate finance committee, which then held a hearing back in March. The committee received over twenty written testimonies from students, community members and teachers, in favor of the bill. S.B. 193 plans to allocate over 5,000 in funds to the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement. This will give funds to elementary, middle, and high school programs like We the People: The Citizen and    Read more >


Community First Award presented to We the People teacher

04/03/2019

The Greater Maple valley Community Center hosted 145 guests at its annual Benefit Breakfast on March 21st, where Tahoma High School teacher Gretchen Wulfing and Johnsons Home & Garden were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community. Gretchen Wulfing has made a major impact on both the national and local levels. She wrote the community, domestic service policy for president George HW Bush. In addition, she rode in ambulances in New York at 2:00 AM helping get kids off the street, and met with chief executives to raise funds for the 1000 points of Light foundation, which she helped lead for President Bush. Locally she    Read more >


West Jordan Middle Wins First In We The People Competition

03/29/2019

Civically active and knowledgeable West Jordan Middle School eighth-graders proved they are experts on the United States Constitution when they won First Place at the State “We the People” competition this February. “It’s not cliche when we say they know more [about the Constitution] than most of the general public,” said social studies teacher William Shields, who coached the 26 WJMS students who competed. Eighth-graders spent three months researching, learning, digesting and mastering material related to the Constitution, said Shields. Six teams were chosen to compete in state, each tackling a different topic. Each team member    Read more >


St. Charles civics team heads to finals

03/22/2019

St. Charles High School will represent Maryland in the national We the People competition next month. The 17-member team will join the more than 1,200 students from 56 high schools around the country during the four-day competition held April 26-29 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. St. Charles social studies teachers Michael Colatruglio and Hayley Ressler coach the team made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Both teachers have attended summer trainings through the James Madison Legacy Project, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education where they learned how to implement the We the People curriculum into their    Read more >


Vote at 16? Seriously?

03/21/2019

Everyone (especially Democrats) knows that most young people are hopeful and idealistic, but have very little in the way of experience and life skills that might make them better citizens. Of course, there are some exceptions, like the students of Natalie O’Brien’s freshman We the People course in North Smithfield, who learn civics on steroids. Personally, I’d let any of her students vote. At least they understand the process, and better than most adults, frankly. Many kids, however, may be clueless beyond social media rants, comic memes, and disinformation. Civics education is gone from most schools    Read more >


‘We the People’ fundraiser at Sidewinders Tuesday

03/19/2019

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — The Jackson Hole High School We the People (BRONC LAW) team is partnering with Sidewinders Restaurant to raise funds for their trip to Washington, DC this April 26-30. You can help and you may not have to alter your routine one bit    Read more >


TWENTY YEARS OF REPRESENTING SOUTH DAKOTA AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

03/16/2019

HON. DUSTY JOHNSON of south dakota in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Madam Speaker, it will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national ``We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution'' competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. ``It's commendable that you guys do this . . . . I think this will be a memorable experience for you,'' Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a    Read more >


Reno students fundraising to compete in Washington D.C.

03/12/2019

Reno High School’s “We the People” team has spent hundreds of hours over the course of the school year studying and competing, and it’s all paying off. “Our students won the district competition in December, won the state competition in February, and now is going to Washington D.C. to represent the state of Nevada in the national finals,” says team advisor Richard Clark. Clark says “We the People” is a class that was created by congress in 1987 to provide more civic education in schools. Something Clark adds is important to teach the youth so they don’t fall into the hyper-partisan ways of today’s society. “This    Read more >


Class inspires Boonsboro High senior to 'take action'

03/11/2019

Casey Mazzone of Hagerstown applied to colleges with strong biology programs. A course she is taking at Boonsboro High School caused the senior to have a change of heart and major. A student in the “Taking Informed Action” course with teacher Ashley Vascik this school year, 17-year-old Casey has discovered a passion for government. Now, her intended majors in college are political science and homeland security, which she will most likely study at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Vascik’s course includes preparation for the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition. Both of Casey’s older sisters    Read more >


Sky View/Green Canyon prepping for We The People nat'l competition

03/09/2019

It’s 7:15 on a Friday morning, and laughter can be heard coming from an upstairs classroom at Green Canyon High School as members of the Sky View/Green Canyon combined We The People team study and collaborate together. The team was named Utah’s We The People State Champions on Feb. 14 and has the opportunity to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. “We ask them to come at 7 or 6:45 two days a week, and then they get to choose another day,” Sky View/Green Canyon We The People coach Andrea Thompson said. “A lot of them are here every single day.” × Students work in units where they broaden and    Read more >


Laurel High School students to travel to the We The People competition

03/08/2019

Laurel High School’s We The People class has been invited to compete at the National Finals as a Wild Card after placing 2nd and 3rd at the State competition in Helena in January. The We The People competition is held to judge student’s knowledge of the philosophy, history and application of the US Constitution. Eleven students will be traveling to Washington, DC this April 26th through April 30th to compete against schools from all over the United States. Every year the sponsoring group, the Center for Civic Education, holds places in the National Competition for deserving schools    Read more >


We the People class headed to nationals

03/07/2019

It’s been a staple of North Smithfield High School education since 2002, and this April, the students of Natalie O’Brien’s freshman We the People course will head to the national finals for the 13th year running. The class is an honors version of the freshman American Government course, fulfilling a school requirement for civics education. But it’s also a national competition, one that North Smithfield has excelled at on the state level since 2007. Students spend the first half of the year covering a typical civics curriculum, learning about the history of United States government and its implementation today. Beginning in December,    Read more >


‘From students in high school all the way to the president’s desk.’ How a government class fought for the release of unsolved FBI civil rights case files.

03/07/2019

There are family members who still want to know why Willie Edwards, a 24-year-old husband and father, was abducted and beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1957, then forced to leap to his death from a bridge over the Alabama River near Montgomery, Ala. There are still friends of Louis Allen, a farmer and father of four in Liberty, Miss., who want to know why he was shot to death on his own property in 1964, possibly by the county sheriff. The deaths are just two of 128 lynchings of black Southerners in the decades after World War II that have been investigated by the Justice Department. But its civil rights division, and a unit formed    Read more >


Civics Education Bills Are on Legislative Agendas in Seven States

03/06/2019

While most states require students to study civics in some sort of capacity, just eight mandate a yearlong civics or government class as a graduation requirement, according to a 2018 50-state survey by Education Week. But that number may soon grow as a flurry of civics education bills inch through state legislatures this year and other states move to expand or implement civic education requirements already in place. Education Week's survey last year found three states—Washington, Nevada and Pennsylvania—that are already on board to begin expanding their civics requirements as soon as this year. Seven other states are set to consider    Read more >


Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team

02/28/2019

The Washington State Senate today honored Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) and Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) in recognition of the school’s 23rd state championship. “Every year, I’m impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the Tahoma High team and its coach, and their record of excellence,” Mullet said. “It’s great to see students excel in a program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy. The critical-thinking skills this program develops will serve them well in their academic career and in life.” “This is an amazing accomplishment    Read more >


We the People New Jersey State Coordinator Promotes Additional Civics in the Curriculum

02/25/2019

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Students lobby for law limiting use of straws and plastic bags in Newark

02/23/2019

When freshman Leah Williams takes the bus to Newark Charter School each morning, she passes a plot of grass that is littered with plastic bags. “I know that possibly being able to reduce that number, even completely reduce it later on, that would be great, and I’d feel a lot better,” she said. Williams is one of several students at the high school who have been fighting for change in Newark – and, more broadly, the state of Delaware – by lobbying city and state officials to limit the use of single-use plastic straws and bags. They recently earned the support of the city’s Conservation Advisory Commission, and city council could    Read more >


READING, WRITING, MATH … AND CIVICS? NEW H.S. MANDATE POSSIBLE

02/18/2019

State lawmakers are considering requiring more civics lessons in New Jersey classrooms, though a proposal to make it a high school graduation requirement met resistance at its first hearing. New Jersey high schools teach civics as part of U.S. government courses but not as a standalone course. That could change if a bill endorsed Thursday by the Assembly Education Committee, A1095, becomes law. New Jersey requires two years of U.S. history and one year of world history in high school, and civics is required to be integrated into the courses. Arlene Gardner, executive director of the New Jersey Center for Civic Education, said a survey shows    Read more >


MRHS and ‘We the People’

02/18/2019

Twenty-two Monomoy Regional High School government students recently traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state “We the People” speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. The following students each won a unit award for their presentations: Hannah Mitchell, Robbie Sieger, Molly McKenna and Caroline Davock.    Read more >


‘We The People’ Westfield Students Take Part In Albany Competition

02/17/2019

Despite being one of the smallest schools, to take part in the annual statewide “We the People” competition in Albany, Westfield Academy and Central School students not only became better acquainted with the U.S. Constitution, but received an award for their efforts. The WACS team, which was the only group from Western New York, place seventh out of nine schools and received a Unit 5 Presentation Award at the New York State competition on Jan. 12. The team from Half Hollow Hills won its second consecutive New York State Championship and will represent the state at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. WACS students, under the    Read more >


Vestavia Hills High School We the People Wins Big at State Championship

02/16/2019

The We the People team at Vestavia Hills High School recently won first place in a state championship at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Teams were tested on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, giving presentations and answering questions from judges to showcase their depth of understanding of their presented topic. This is the second consecutive state title the team has earned, and it puts the team on track to compete at the national competition to be held later in the spring. Team members included Sam Swinson, Abby Ronson, Julia Holmes, Julia Stewart, Ellis Zhang, Walter Zhang, Boris Lu,    Read more >


Half Hollow Hills High School East wins 'We the People'

02/15/2019

A 15-student team from Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills was named state champion in a competition that tests student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The competition, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” challenged teens to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles. They also defended positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues by participating in simulated congressional hearings and “testifying” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. This is the second consecutive year that a Half Hollow Hills East team has won the state title, school    Read more >


Jackson We the People wins state

02/14/2019

Local students returned from Laramie last weekend as We the People state champions. We the People is a national civic education program with the goal of developing students to be educated, active citizens. It incorporates research, writing and critical thinking with a culminating performance assessment that measures understanding of concepts in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It has reached more than 30 million students and 90,000 teachers since its inception in 1987. While the Jackson team, also known as Bronc Law, has qualified for the state finals each of the last 5 years, this was its first state championship. The Jackson    Read more >


We the People State Finals Tests Laramie High School Student Constitutional Knowledge

02/12/2019

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We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill to face off again at nationals

02/12/2019

An old-fashioned Pleasanton rivalry will play out on a national stage when students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools head to Washington, D.C. in April for the We the People national finals. The long-running civics competition pits students’ knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and American government against each other in mock congressional hearings, testing their critical-thinking skills during the process as well. Both schools finished strong at the state competition on Feb. 2 in Sacramento, where Amador Valley won and Foothill team placed second. The victory automatically qualified Amador for nationals while second-place    Read more >


Easthampton H.S. students to take part in constitutional knowledge competition

02/12/2019

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - For the second year in a row, Easthampton High School students are going to the nation's capital to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Eighteen Easthampton High students will represent Massachusetts in a simulated congressional hearing competition for the "We the People" finals. It's part of the 32nd annual national competition held at the National Conference Center in Washington D.C. During the hearings, the students will testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees. They will test their knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply constitutional    Read more >


Monomoy Students Compete at We the People Competition

02/09/2019

On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 22 Monomoy Regional High School government students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state "We the People" speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. Congratulations to all our students for their hard work, and especially to Unit 5 members for winning a unit award for their    Read more >


High School’s ‘We the People’ team today at courthouse

02/06/2019

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Late notice but Jackson Hole High School – We the People (Bronc Law) is happening soon at the Municipal Courtroom (Hansen Courthouse). Twenty-eight high school seniors from JHHS We the People team will be performing six presentations related to government, politics, and law. These topics are anchored in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Specific topics include everything from the Freedom of Speech and Immigration to the United States Congress and Supreme Court. We the People is a civic education program designed to foster well educated and active citizenship. Our Jackson Hole High    Read more >


Vestavia Hills High School state champions for We the People

02/05/2019

Vestavia Hills High School represented the sixth congressional district at the We the People competition and won the state championship. VHHS competed against teams from three other congressional districts to win the championship. VHHS won all six units to take the championship. The state competition was held at Samford University at the Cumberland School of Law. Senior team members include: Julia Stewart, Sam Swinson, Ellis Zhang, Caroline Bass, Julia Holmes, Nikki Pedicord, Ritika Samant, Walter Zhang, Rohith Vuribindi, Rizwan Khan, Abby Ronson, Libby Jackson, Boris Lu and Sophie Borden. The coaches are Amy Maddox and Jane Schaefer. We    Read more >


THS We The People State of the Union Viewing Party

02/05/2019

Tahoma High School’s We the People team will host a livestream viewing of the State of the Union address at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the performing arts center at THS. Students and community members are invited to attend this free viewing. “This is a nonpartisan event hosted by We the People students, who will model civil discourse as we bring together our community,” said Gretchen Wulfing, who advises Tahoma’s WTP team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the event end time depends on the length of the speech. Please note: Food and drinks are not allowed in the PAC    Read more >


Constitutional champions: EHS students win top honors at ‘We the People’ competition

01/30/2019

Students from Easthampton High School and Williston Northampton School placed first and third, respectively, at last weekend’s “We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution” competition, which tests students on their U.S. civics and constitutional knowledge. Competing against seven other schools in the state finals on Saturday, EHS won for the second year in a row at the National Conference Center in Boston and earned a spot in the 32nd We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. from April 26-29. The program is organized by the non-profit Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE). “This program is so important    Read more >


20 years of representing SD at the national level Spearfish High School ‘We the People’ team wins state again

01/26/2019

SPEARFISH — It will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. “It’s commendable that you guys do this. … I think this will be a memorable experience for you,” Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and support for issues facing communities, said. He thanked the students for their hard work, the judges for their time, and everyone involved for making the event possible. The We    Read more >


Tahoma’s We The People moves onto nationals, again

01/24/2019

Tahoma High School’s We The People class won the Washington State 2019 Civics Championship for the 23rd year out of the 25 years the school has been competing in it. The competition took place Jan. 12, and now Tahoma will advance to compete at nationals in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. We The People is an advanced placement government class offered at Tahoma as part of the social studies requirement to graduate, according to Gretchen Wulfing, the educator who teaches the class. She said it is different from other classes because students learn how to apply the constitution to current events, civil discourse and how to work in    Read more >


Boonsboro High team taking constitutional knowledge to national competition again

01/24/2019

As Boonsboro High School senior Karen Hosova gets closer to graduation, she is thinking about college and life beyond. She plans to study law, but first decided to learn as much as she could about her rights as an American citizen. Karen is one of 16 students on the school’s “We The People” team, which competes against other high schools across the state using their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Boonsboro won its ninth district competition in November and a fourth consecutive state title Jan. 10. It will vie for the top spot in the nation April 27 through May 1 in Leesburg, Va. “We just want to be more informed about what    Read more >


Half Hollow Hills "We The People" Team Wins Second Consecutive New York State Championship

01/24/2019

The Half Hollow Hills High School East’s We The People team won their second consecutive New York State championship on January 12, 2019, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York City. The team will represent New York State at the National Finals on April 26-29, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and will compete against approximately 1,200 students from 56 high school classes in simulated congressional hearings. During a We The People competition, students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary    Read more >


Black River High School placed second in the state “We The People” civics competition on Jan. 11.

01/21/2019

Black River High School students place second in the “We the People” state competition and is now fundraising for the national contest this spring in Washington, D.C. We the People is a national civics competition run by the nonprofit Center for Civic Education, with the goal of teaching civic competence and responsibility to upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. At “We The People competitions, students present speeches on constitutional issues before a panel of expert judges. They are then    Read more >


THS ‘We the People’ Win State Championship for the 10th Consecutive Year

01/19/2019

Tahoma has won the Washington State Championship 11 out of the past 12 years. At We the People Nationals, Tahoma has made it into the elite Top Ten finals five of the last seven years. In the Top Ten round, Tahoma competes on Capitol Hill in storied hearing rooms such as the Ways and Means Committee. The Tahoma High School ‘We The People’ team has won the Washington State title 23 of the past 25 years. “These students have been working since June 2018; their awesome work ethic has been inspiring and their performance was exceptional,” says instructor Gretchen Wulfing, who has been teaching the ‘We The People’ team at Tahoma    Read more >


Titans Win As Son Defends Immigration Rights in ‘We the People’ Regional Championship Same Day His Mom Takes Oath of Citizenship

12/28/2018

As the date of the We The People competition drew nearer, T.C. Williams senior Jerome Maquiling spent more and more hours wrestling with one of the biggest decisions he had ever had to make: It was not only the day the he was slated to represent T.C. Williams in the We the People Regional Championship — something he had been working towards for months — it was also the day that his mom would take the oath to become a U.S. Citizen. Jerome and his mom landed in the U.S. from the Philippines when he was just five years old. He spoke no English and at school found himself scribbling with his finger in the air to let his teacher know that he    Read more >


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12/28/2018

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Trumbull owns state We The People crown again

12/20/2018

Trumbull High School once again won the state championship for the We The People citizenship and constitution competition at Central Connecticut State University. This marks the 8th straight year the team, under the direction of teacher Katie Boland, has won the right to represent the state in the national competition, which will be held April 26 to 30 in Washington, DC. The current team is comprised of 25 members of Boland’s Advanced Placement/Early College Experience Government and Constitutional Studies class. They practiced since the start of the school year to become experts at testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated    Read more >


We the People team earns second at state: Eighth-grade civics students place second behind Fishers for third year

12/19/2018

“Winning is easy,” We the People teacher Michael Potts said to a group of somber-faced eighth-grade students one day after they placed second at the state competition. “This is the hard part. It’s hard for me to look at all of you and see your sad faces. It’s hard for you to sit here, feeling bad.” Even though they may not be able to grasp it at this time, Potts said the eighth-grade students are winners. “I hope someday, someday soon, you will realize how much you have won. Not only yesterday, but how much you’ve won through this class and through efforts you’ve put forth your entire lives,” he said to his students    Read more >


Naturalization ceremony welcomes 20 new U.S. citizens at Sierra Vista High School

12/16/2018

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — On Saturday, around 1:00 p.m., 20 immigrants from 15 different countries around the world officially became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony inside Sierra Vista High School. The ceremony followed a Southern Nevada competition ‘We The People’, which challenged over 400 high school students with questions about the nation’s history, constitution and citizenship process. Afterwards, many of the students, their parents and teachers stayed to watch the naturalization ceremony. U.S. District Judge Andrew Patrick Gordon led the Oath of Allegiance, granting these immigrants their citizenship. “These folks are    Read more >


A strong constitution: Kentucky students show what they know

12/16/2018

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution? While most Americans comprehend that the Constitution protects their rights, few can readily cite the history, laws and politics that have shaped that document’s 27 amendments. But 126 Kentucky middle and high school students from six area schools who took part in We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution definitely know their Constitution and are adept at discussing its democratic principles. The Dec. 11 event, hosted by the McConnell Center, is a series of student presentations that simulate a congressional hearing. Community representatives who have expertise in law, history and/or    Read more >


Wando brings home gold to the Lowcountry in constitutional competition

12/14/2018

Wando High School won its second We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Dec. 7 in Lexington. The first runner-up was River Bluff High School in Lexington. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges and is sponsored by the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. The team will now represent South Carolina in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. “This program allows students to learn more about the Constitution in a fun and competitive way,” said LRE director Cynthia Cothran. “    Read more >


Familiar names return to We the People winner circle

12/14/2018

Hamilton County teams took home top honors in the Indiana We the People high school and middle school state finals held Sunday through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The first-place finishers now have the chance to compete for national titles. Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School placed first and second, respectively, in the high school state competition. Meanwhile, Fishers Junior High School captured first place in the middle school contest, continuing its streak of top finishes since 2016. Hamilton Southeastern will compete in the national We the People competition in Virginia in April 2019. Fishers Junior High School will    Read more >


Students show off knowledge of the Constitution; Thomas-Foundation awards ,000 to We the-People

12/12/2018

These kids are all right, and probably know a lot more about the U.S. Constitution than you do. "Classical republicanism has its roots in Greek and Roman philosophy," Sheridan High School student Stephanie Gonda said during the annual "We the People" competition at the Ramkota Hotel on Tuesday. Fellow student David Wold added, "Cicero, a Roman scholar, said 'a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but cannot survive an enemy from within.'" And Taylor Katschke followed with, "Unifying the people of a nation under one banner, that of the common good, is the force that drives classical republicanism; whereas the natural rights    Read more >


LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WORKING TO SOLVE WORLD ISSUES

12/12/2018

A class of high schoolers are going beyond the walls of their school to make a difference. Students from Lafayette Jeff and Oakland are working on projects to change public policy issues. The project is through Purdue's national civic education program called "Project Citizen." Students spent the last two months creating a resolution to hot button issues within our community and world. Grant Fischer, the social studies teacher leading the students said his class of 15 have split into five groups of 3. The groups have been working on the their projects for the past two months. Issues of plastic bag pollution, teen pregnancy, concussions    Read more >


We the People competition in Bakersfield

12/10/2018

KGET posted this video story for the We the People competition in Bakersfield. GOVERNMENT STUDENTS FROM TEN HIGH SCHOOLS IN KERN COUNTY PUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TO THE TEST TODAY IN THE 32ND ANNUAL "WE THE PEOPLE" COMPETITION    Read more >


Arvin High School crowned 2018 We the People regional champs

12/09/2018

Students from across Kern County put their knowledge of the United States Constitution to the test Saturday at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was the students from Arvin High School who were crowned 2018 We the People regional champions. With the win, Arvin High School will go on to represent Kern County in the state championships on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. Centennial High School finished as champions of the 23rd District, but were runners up to Arvin High School in overall scoring. Centennial High School still has a chance to earn a wildcard bid to participate in the state championships. Each team individually presented    Read more >


Citizenship: From Conceptual Learning to Active Participation by Jack Hoar

12/07/2018

Jack Hoar worked on behalf of civic education from the 1960s until he passed away this April. Jack first became a colleague of the Center in about 1967 when he was the social studies supervisor for Long Beach Unified School District. Upon his retirement in 1992, he became a full-time staff member, integrally involved in all major projects of the Center. He served as director of the Civitas International Programs from 1996 to 2003, when he retired. He returned to lead the program once again from 2010 to 2014. Although he retired from the Center in 2014, he continued to be a senior consultant until his final days. This is a preview of Jack's    Read more >


Joplin High School Constitution Team takes second at state competition

12/07/2018

The Joplin High School Constitution Team has done all it can do. Now the waiting begins. The team finished second this week in the state-level Show Me the Constitution competition, held in Columbia. A win at state would have automatically qualified the team for a trip to the national We the People competition, but the possibility exists that its second-place showing will be good enough for an invite anyway, JHS teacher and team adviser William Keczkemethy said. Rather than wait, though, Keczkemethy and the team plan to celebrate their performance that was topped by only one other school in the entire state. Details are still being worked    Read more >


Sandema Sec/Tec wins NCCE Ghana Project Citizen Competition

12/04/2018

Navrongo (UE), Dec. 3, GNA - The Sandema Senior High Technical School emerged victorious in this year’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Project Citizen Showcase competition held for selected senior schools in the Upper East Region. It beat four other schools after amassing 58 points to take over the crown from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) that won the competition last year. The Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School in Navrongo, which hosted the competition, came second after securing 55.5 points while the third position went to Paga Senior High School with 41.7 points. Bolgatanga Senior High    Read more >


‘We The People’ pushes students to higher level

12/04/2018

A new government class at Jasper High School offers students the chance to dive deeply into the U.S. Constitution and show off their knowledge in a statewide competition. The class, called We The People, is part of a nationwide program that covers the history and principles of the United States’ democratic republic. It’s a combination between a government class and an academic competition that places students in regional, state and national competitions. This is the first year JHS has offered the course, and the 10 students in the class already qualified for the state competition. They will compete in Indianapolis later this month.    Read more >