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The Fourth Annual We the People National Invitational competition will be held April 29 - May 2, 2016. The competition will be conducted on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Middle school classes qualify to attend the National Invitational by participating in a simulated congressional hearing at the school, district, or state levels during the 2015-16 school year.

The National Invitational takes the form of simulated congressional hearing. During the hearings groups of students testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees. Each class is divided into six groups based on the six units of the
We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution middle textbook. Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students' depth of knowledge, understanding and their ability to apply constitutional principles. Classes have the opportunity to compete or showcase at the event. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the judges with an excellent means of assessing students' knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues. 

While in Washington, D.C., students will have the opportunity to tour our nation's capital and meet with members of Congress and other important dignitaries.  Travel, lodging, and tour arrangements for classes are made by WorldStrides. The Center for Civic Education organizes all other aspects of the National  Invitational.



2016 We the People National Invitational Participating Classes

StateSchoolTeacher
Arizona       Challenger Middle School      Norma Jean Higuera-Trask
Arizona       Apollo Middle School      Rebecca Walker
Arizona       Coronado K-8 School (Team 1)      Erika Sparlin
Arizona       Coronado K-8 School (Team 2)      Erika Sparlin
Arizona       Coronado K-8 School (Team 3)      Erika Sparlin
Colorado       Stanley British Primary School      Paige Romer
Florida       Bob Graham Education Center      Jackeline Hernandez & John Brady
Indiana       Brown County Junior High School      Michael Potts
Maine       Marshwood Middle School      Andy Rowe
Ohio       Gahanna Middle School South      Michael Browning
Oregon       Inza R Wood Middle School      Linda Koller
Virginia       Rachel Carson Middle School      Cynthia Burgett