Mar 13, 2019 / E-news
Over the past few months, the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competitions have taken place throughout the nation. The Wyoming state competition took place on Monday, February 11. After an exciting day of simulated congressional hearings, Jackson High School (led by teacher Jim Rooks) won their first championship and Cheyenne Central High School (led by teacher Tom Bradley) finished in second place. These schools will advance to the National Finals to be held in Washington, D.C. from April 26 to April 29, with Cheyenne Central competing as a wildcard team.
The Wyoming We the People program, headed by Wyoming state coordinator Matt Strannigan, has conducted these competitions with the generous financial and in-kind support of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) in Wyoming, the Craig and Susan Foundation, Wyoming State Supreme Court Justices, the Wyoming State Legislature, and the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, and other contributors.
The John P. Ellbogen Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Wyoming We the People Program, gave John Corbin of Cody High School the John P. Ellbogen Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. The Director for Development at the University of Wyoming Foundation, Tyler Spear stated, “Ellbogen’s commitment to civic education and to the Wyoming We the People program has allowed the program to thrive. In total, the University of Wyoming is home to a one-million-dollar endowment supporting the program.”
It is in part thanks to these organizations and individuals that this program has positively impacted the educational pathways of many Wyoming students. The generous contributions, both financial and in-kind, of the Ellobogen Foundation mentioned above, as well as others in the state, are a testament of how a community can come together to support a quality education for the benefit of the next generation.
But most importantly, Wyoming We the People is defined by the teachers and students who put an enormous effort and countless hours into their work. Teachers who strive to give a quality civic education and their students who to continue to work towards becoming informed citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.