Feb 10, 2012 / 2012 National Finals, Volume 4, Issue 1
Tags: 2012 We the People National Finals, civic education, civics, Maine, Marshwood High School, Noble High School, We the People, We the People National Finals
Students from Marshwood High School placed first in the Maine state We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution finals.
The state competition took place at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The win qualifies Marshwood to compete in the 25th Anniversary We the People National Finals, April 27-May 1 at George Mason University and in Washington, D.C.
“The greatest threats to constitutional government spring from the paucity of serious public discourse and this from an uninformed public,” Marshwood student Samantha Silver told SeacoastOnline.com. “Today a growing number of citizens are getting involved in the political process.”
Judge Kristie Littlefield said, “It’s just nice to see students in an authentic environment being able to utilize the knowledge they’ve learned and apply that in a real, simulated congressional type of hearing.”
Marshwood student Tim LaPointe said that the We the People program “sparked an interest in the Constitution, helped me get a better understanding of why the country is the way it is. Just given that context in history encourages me to delve deeper into understanding our government.”
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To learn more about the 25th Anniversary We the People National Finals, visit the National Finals website.