Mar 12, 2019 / E-news
This February, California held its thirty-second annual We the People State Finals in Sacramento this year, with guest speaker Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general.
Becerra spoke about good government, the protection of constitutional rights, and participatory citizenship—topics that We the People students study extensively in preparation for competition. He also encouraged them to lead and serve in their communities, embodying the principles put forth by the Constitution that they have come to know and understand.
California’s We the People state coordinator, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, noted that “California We the People was thrilled to welcome the Honorable Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, to the thirty-second annual state finals. We want to thank him for his commitment to quality civic education.”
We the People competitions 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.
State champions Amador Valley High School will compete at the National Finals this year, led by their teacher Stacey Sklar. Second-place finishers Foothill High School, led by Jeremy Detamore and Graham McBride, will also compete as a wildcard team. For ongoing updates about the National Finals, follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels in time for April 26, 2019.