We the People State Finals Begin across the Country

Jan 17, 2019 / E-news, We the People

In states across the country, students are competing for a chance to show off their constitutional knowledge in Washington, D.C., this April at the 32nd Annual We the People National Finals!
Mimicking the National Finals, the State Finals challenge students to participate in simulated congressional hearings, putting their constitutional knowledge into practice. After spending the school year studying history and the principles of democracy, students answer questions about American government—its founding, its values, and its structure—knowledgeable leaders and professionals, such as lawyers, professors, and historians, in their communities.
In anticipation of this year’s State Finals, participants study and practice with state hearing questions that address questions about:
Equal vs. proportional representation in Congress
Due process of law
The role of political parties
How contemporary issues are linked with history
Winners of the WTP State Finals have the opportunity to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C., from April 26-29. Teams can start preparing with the National Finals Hearing Questions when they are posted on January 31.
Are you interested in keeping up with the results of this year’s competitive State Finals? The competition dates and results are available here, and more information about individual competitions can be found by contacting the appropriate state coordinator.

In states across the country, students are competing for a chance to show off their constitutional knowledge in Washington, D.C., this April at the 32nd Annual We the People National Finals!

The We the People state finals challenge students to participate in simulated congressional hearings, putting their knowledge into practice. After spending the school year studying the Constitution and the fundamental principles of American representative democracy, students answer questions about American government from knowledgeable community leaders and professionals, such as lawyers, professors, and historians, who serve as competition judges.

The North Dakota State Finals took place this month, won by Century High School in Bismarck.

The North Dakota State Finals took place in January. Century High School in Bismarck was the first-place winner.

In anticipation of this year’s state finals, participants study and practice with state hearing questions that address questions that include the following concepts:

  • Equal vs. proportional representation in Congress
  • Due process of law
  • The role of political parties
  • How contemporary issues are linked with history

Winners of the We the People state finals have the opportunity to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C., from April 26-29. Teams can start preparing with the National Finals hearing questions when they are posted on January 31.

Are you interested in keeping up with the results of this year’s competitive state finals? The competition dates and results are available here, and more information about individual competitions can be found by contacting the appropriate state coordinator.

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