May 22, 2017 / We the People
More than 250 middle school students from across the country competed in the Fifth Annual We the People National Invitational, held April 28–May 1 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. The competition tested students’ knowledge of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of American government.
Fishers Junior High School of Indianapolis, Indiana, placed first after three days of competition. Bob Graham Education Center of Hialeah, Florida, placed second, with Inza R. Wood Middle School of Wilsonville, Oregon, placing third and Rachel Carson Middle School of Herndon, Virginia, finishing fourth.
Six unit awards and four honorable mentions were also presented during the May 1 awards ceremony, which was streamed live on Facebook. Watch the archived video on YouTube. For full results of the three days of competition, visit the National Invitational awards page.
At the competition, each class participates in six groups based on the units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook. Each unit deals with one aspect of American constitutionalism. Students are asked challenging questions about constitutional issues by a panel of expert judges made of accomplished scholars, attorneys, and public officials, among others.
To find out how you can get your classroom involved in We the People, contact your state coordinator by visiting the Center’s State Programs page. For more information about the program, visit the We the People homepage.