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We the People: Kingston Elementary hosts simulated congressional hearing


Dissected and defended, the United States Constitution was explained and interpreted Thursday during Kingston Elementary School’s “We the People” simulated Congressional hearing. Students, dressed for success, readily defended their interpretations of the Constitution while competing in panels scored by two to three of the 11 community professionals serving as judges. Approximately 85 young citizens took part and gave a short prepared speech, then answered questions provided by judges for seven minutes. Students were required to back all opinions using the Constitution. Of the five units covered, students spoke on government    Read more >

Students pick politics over prom


The St Joseph-Ogden High School constitution team is missing prom for a chance to speak on Capitol Hill. (There is an extensive video report with interviews of the teacher, Marshall Schacht, and some students from the class.) They're heading to D.C. for the national finals in a competition called We the People. It puts students through the ringer of a mock congressional hearing. The top ten teams advance to the final round on Capitol Hill. The competition is April 27 - May 1. Saint Joseph-Ogden's prom is April 28. Students on the team say skipping prom is an easy choice because this opportunity is so unique. Their teacher says he's proud    Read more >

MSHS We the People fundraiser is Saturday


Marquette Senior High School's "We the People" team is headed to the National finals in Washington D.C. But the team needs financial support to make sure all 30 members of the team are able to attend. To help with the trip, the team will be participating in a few fundraisers. "They learn so much participating in this," said Fred Cole, Teacher at Marquette Senior High School. "There's a lot of research skills preparing the answers, there's writing, there's group collaboration, presentation and interviewing skills because it's essentially a group interview in front of a panel." Find out more about We the People and the National Finals at: http    Read more >

Constitution based on ideas, not personalities


“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” So said James Madison (Federalist #51, Feb. 8, 1778.) Our system of government is unique and daring. In a recent Lunch with the League talk, Robert Leming clearly demonstrated how the understanding the Constitution — its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today — is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader or citizen. Leming is national director of the “We the People Program” for the Center for Civic Education and Professor of Graduate Studies at Kansas State University. Leming has put together an adult    Read more >

Making a difference: students complete Project Citizen


ORANGE PARK – In an effort to learn about participation in local affairs, three groups of students at Orange Park Junior High presented their projects to both peers and teachers, as part of Project Citizen. An international organization that promotes participation in democracy at a young age, Project Citizen requires students to research and identify local issues, develop an alternative solution to correct the issue with the ultimate goal of presenting their project t a legislature at the local or state level for action. “The purpose of Project Citizen, is to make students understand the process of being an active citizen, a participant    Read more >

We The People Alaska Middle School Invitational Competition


The article shows pictures of the enthusiastic Middle School Competition with extensive captions for each of the pictures    Read more >

League welcomes speaker on the Constitution


“Constitution 101” will be the topic presented by Robert Leming, at the Monday, April 2 Lunch with the League to be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 212 South Green Street, noon to 1 pm. Leming is National Director of the “We the People Program” for the Center for Civic Education and Professor of Graduate Studies at Kansas State University. Understanding the Constitution—its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today—is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader or citizen. Leming teaches an in-depth six-part course beginning with the Constitution’s    Read more >

Judge Fleck honored for her service with We the People and other programs


About to welcome this year’s students to the state competition of We the People, Judge Deborah D. Fleck, ret. (J. Fleck) was given the Center for Civic Education’s “2018 Civic Virtue Award    Read more >

MSHS We the People team holding fundraisers for national finals costs


Marquette Senior High School's "We the People" team is headed to National finals in Washington D.C. but needs financial support to make sure all 30 members of the team are able to attend. The total cost for registration, travel, and lodging for the team is , 273; which equates to about 36 per student. The goal is for all students to attend the finals at no cost. One way to support the team is to grab some groceries from Super One Foods in Marquette on Saturday, March 30. Members of the group will be helping bag groceries for tips. On Saturday, April 14 the team will hold another fundraiser at Marquette Cinemas. The movie theatre is    Read more >

Community rallies behind Washington-bound Easthampton High School 'We the People' team


Teacher Kelley Brown's history and politics students are not resting on their laurels after winning first-place honors in a statewide academic competition held at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Boston at the end of January. In fact, they are doubling down, studying hard, and bootstrapping their trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national 2018 "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition, set for April 27 to May 1. The 21 young scholars have been hitting the books and practicing while also trying to raise ,000 to fund their trip to the nation's capital. "Ms. Brown told us this is no time to gloat, that we've    Read more >

Trumbull High team takes home a win


Trumbull High School brought home a top honor at the 21st Penn Model Congress competition, a first for the team which formed only four years ago. Trumbull’s Model Congress team has been attending the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress competition since spring 2015. But this year, competing against more than 700 students from around the country, the team was honored with the “Best Small Delegation Award,” along with several individual awards for students. The award is for school groups of fewer than 18 students. “It was honestly amazing. I've never been more proud of a group of students,” said Katie Boland, the team’s    Read more >

We The People class heads to Washington D.C.


A group of four sits in front of a panel of judges. They answer questions that determine their fate going forward. Staples High School students competed in the We The People competition and were awarded the “wildcard” to move onto the national competition. In December, the class participated in the state-wide competition where students were asked to share their prepared responses as well as answer open ended questions with notes based on topics they had been preparing. There were six different groups from Staples and each group focused on a different unit. Staples placed in second behind Trumbull. The first place team automatically goes    Read more >

Congratulations to the Easthampton High School students who won the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in Boston


Congratulations to the Easthampton High School students who won the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in Boston on Jan. 27, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. The 21-student team will compete in the national final in Washington, D.C., from April 27 to May 1. “We’re excited to represent Easthampton and the state,” said Kelley Brown, a history and government teacher who has organized a team for the past eight years at Easthampton High. The team prepares by studying classic cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, as well as contemporary ones like Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil    Read more >

Students Tackle Underage Drug Use


Yelm Councilor Cody Colt, known as Mr. Colt to his seventh grade history class at Yelm Middle School, had his students present their resolution to prevent underage drug use at the skatepark to the Yelm City Council last Tuesday. The class has been working on “Project Citizen,” a program that adds to student knowledge, enhances skills, and deepens their understanding of how they can work together to make their community a better place, according to seventh grader Ben Carney. They were tasked to find a problem within the community and develop a plan to address the issue. “This is a project the students have been working on since October    Read more >

We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill teams gearing up for nationals


For the first time ever, both We the People competitive civics teams from Pleasanton's rival high schools are headed to nationals in Washington, D.C. The senior squads from Amador Valley and Foothill have been working hard to prepare themselves for the tournament against America's best next month, including joining forces for a showcase event next week to help raise funds for their trips to the nation's capital. "We are extremely proud of our Amador and Foothill student competitors," Pleasanton Unified Superintendent David Haglund said in a statement. "It almost goes without saying that to have our high school teams take both the first- and    Read more >

We the People “Five-peat”


When people think of the words “We the People,” many think of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. However, several Sheridan High School students think of the We the People club. Sheridan High School’s We the People club has recently won their fifth state title in a row and is preparing to go to regionals in Washington DC. We the People is a program around the United States that promotes civic knowledge and responsibility among high school students. The curriculum itself focuses mainly on the history and principles of the U.S. constitutional democratic republic. Each conference consists of students presenting their opinions    Read more >

Killian students demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. Constitution


Miami Killian Senior High students demonstrated their knowledge of the principles that form the basis of our democracy by earning second place in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution district finals. The group of 22 juniors and seniors, led by social studies teacher Amy Lander-Rolon, recently competed with groups from other schools in the district by proving their comprehension of the United States Constitution. Lander-Rolon said the students were well-prepared and performed admirably. “You can see the progression in a lot of the students as their understanding and knowledge expands — their confidence and public    Read more >

School board approves Project Citizen proposal to beautify L-D campus


A request made by students in Mary Caropino’s Lead-Deadwood Middle School seventh-grade Project Citizen classes was approved by the school board Feb. 12 and will result in campus beautification, come warmer weather this spring. Project citizen is a program designed for students to make changes in a school policy or a local policy. It allows students to understand how decisions are made at the school and local levels of government. “Project citizen helps students express their opinions, work with the school or local government agencies and work cooperatively with their peers,” Caroppino said. “Project Citizen also covers many of our    Read more >

Easthampton restaurant to host fundraiser for DC-bound 'We the People' team


A group of young constitutional scholars will travel to Washington in April to compete head-to-head with students from around the country. Now a local Italian restaurant at 124 Cottage St. plans a fundraising dinner. On March 20, 10 percent of all proceeds at Nini's Ristorante will go to the students' travel fund. Easthampton High School's "We the People" team won first-place honors at an academic competition in Boston in January, besting top Massachusetts schools. They were invited to the nation's capital to represent the Bay State. "These young people are so incredibly knowledgeable about government and the Constitution," said teacher Kelly    Read more >

Maybe they ought to call WTP 'We the Informed Future Voters'


Right smack in the middle of judging our local We the People competition I was informed that the man who inspired me to become a teacher had died. Everyone can name at least one great teacher in their education, and for me that was Gary Ovoian, my high school history teacher for four courses. Unfortunately, we can also all name at least one bad teacher. Mine was another social studies teacher, Mr. Ski Club Adviser (I can't recall his name). The teaching styles of these two men could not have been more different; Ski Club guy had us memorize facts, while Mr. Ovoian asked us to analyze and evaluate. I think that my love of asking "why" and "    Read more >

MSHS class prepares for national competition


In this video news story Clara Smith says she's always had an interest in government and politics. She's a senior at Marquette Senior High School and she's part of the We The People team. "Our whole class is required to do called 'local hearings' where we just go to the Marquette Courthouse and I really enjoy that," said Smith. "It's a competition where the kids have to know and apply the history and the principles of the U.S. Constitution," said Fred Cole, We The People, coach. "They take huge legal and constitutional questions and have to give historic examples and apply it to current events." Clara is one of 30 students on the team that's    Read more >

MSHS “We the People” to compete in Nationals


This story appeared on ABC 10 News Just last year, the Marquette Senior High School “We the People” team was competing for a national title in Washington, D.C. This year, expect nothing different. The team is heading back to the Nation’s capital for another chance at glory. Their third-place performance in January at the State Competition allowed them to take a wild card spot at Nationals. Then, all they had to do was wait. “We just had to be patient and wait about six weeks to get the word that we got the invite to the National Finals,” said teacher and team coach Fred Cole. “It’s pretty awesome. We’re really excited,” said    Read more >

Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?


The Marjory Stoneman Douglas students-turned-activists are fast becoming a powerful model of civic engagement for educators across the country. Survivors of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have taken to social media and TV, arguing eloquently for gun-control policies—and citing skills garnered from their Advanced Placement U.S. Government courses. They have successfully pressured major companies to drop their affiliations with the National Rifle Association and spurred thousands of students nationwide to draft petitions, plan walkouts, and start grassroots groups of their own. Now the example of their activism, coupled with an    Read more >

‘An Evening with Alexander Hamilton’ at Incline High School


"An Evening with Alexander Hamilton" will be presented 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Incline High School. Hal Bidlack, a historical impersonator and scholar, will appear in costume and character of Alexander Hamilton, offering the audience a unique opportunity. Co-sponsored by the Incline High School Boosters and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, this event is a fundraiser for the high school's We The People team. Along with the Reno High School team, the Incline High School team of 21 students will represent Nevada in the national We The People constitution debate competition in Washington D.C. in April    Read more >

‘We the People’ team aiming for DC


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twenty-one local sophomores are self-proclaimed experts in the U.S. Constitution and they want to prove it in Washington, D.C., this spring. The “We the People” team, a group of high school students that competes in simulated congressional hearings at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, participated in the state competition for the first time last year. They brought home the title in December after competing against two other schools. In addition to class four times a week, the students practiced for hours outside of the classroom, honing their constitutional knowledge and public speaking skills. “People say    Read more >

Marquette Senior High School Going to Nationals


The Marquette Senior High School We the People team has been invited to participate in the 31st annual We the People national finals on April 27-30 at the National Conference Center outside Washington, D.C. The team was selected based on its performance at the We the People state finals and will represent Michigan as a wild card team in the national competition. Classes qualify for the national finals by placing first in their state competition or through wild card availability. Marquette has become a fixture at the We the People state finals, finishing in the top three six of the last seven years. This will be the second consecutive year    Read more >

Milford Central Academy to Compete in National “We the People” Event


When the team travels to Washington, DC, Milford Central Academy’s (MCA) “We the People” team will be the first middle school team to ever participate in the National Invitational. The team is led by MCA teacher Sam Holloway. “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution introduces middle school students to the study of constitutional government in the United States,” Chris Kenton, who helped lead a week-long training on the program two summers ago at Valley Forge, said. “It is designed to help middle school students understand he most important ideas of our constitutional system and how they were developed. It is intended to    Read more >

From the Juvenile Justice System to John Jay, Alumnus Hernan Carvente’s Impact is Far-Reaching


Long before graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Hernan Carvente knew he wanted to dedicate his life to helping young people in prison. He was incarcerated at Brookwood Secure Center, a youth detention facility, when he was accepted to John Jay. “I wrote a letter to a friend saying I was going to John Jay to become an advocate,” he said. “I was going to help other guys get through what I went through myself.” After arriving on campus, Carvente realized that despite their clear passion for justice, many students had little interaction with people who’d been directly affected by the criminal justice    Read more >

KSU College of Education hosts 2018 ‘We the People’ state championships


For two years in a row, Blue Valley Northwest High School has won the annual "We the People" state competition and will head to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. The Constitution was under no direct threat but the threat of a winter storm required organizers to reschedule the middle school competition to Feb. 25. The high schools competed on Feb. 6 in Manhattan as planned. Blue Valley Northwest High School, led by government and AP government teacher Ken Thomas, won the "We the People" competition. Emporia High School took second place, and Junction City High School placed third. Colman McCarthy with the Johnson County First    Read more >

We The People: Warren E. Burger Class Nomination


Congratulations to the We The People Team!!! They have been selected to represent the State of Virginia in the 31st Annual We The People National Finals in Washington, DC in April. We the People Team will prepare for the National Finals Competition during 21st Century Learning Community Session after school, only. (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). To ensure that the students instructional time is not impeded upon as we move into the Spring SOL Testing Sessions    Read more >



HON. JAMES A. HIMES of connecticut in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Mr. HIMES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Trumbull High School's first place finish at Connecticut State University's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. Every year, thousands of high school students contend in state and national We the People competitions, in which participants explore and debate the origins and import of our nation's Constitution. Trumbull High School students have long excelled in this competition. Their victory    Read more >

Carolina Forest High School's We the People team shines at state competition


What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? How has the Constitution been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence? How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices? Those are the headings of the three out of six units the Carolina Forest High School team aced at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Lexington, bringing CFHS in as first runner-up. AP government teacher and We the People coordinator JJ Iagulli’s team consisted of Ramy Alawar, Sandra Ataalla, Kareem Barbis,    Read more >

Wyoming Chief Justice Praises the We the People Program


(Remarks begin at 1:11:00 of the recording) Chief Justice Burke began his State of the Judiciary address before the joint Session of the Legislature with praise for We the People. It was very thoughtful and he thanked Matt Strannigan for making the program possible. He spoke about We the People and what knowledgeable and informed citizens it creates    Read more >

Boonsboro High School senior excels in classroom, on basketball court


Ellie Connelly is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court and in the classroom. The 17-year-old senior at Boonsboro High School is president of the National Honor Society and captain of the girls varsity basketball team. She's a coach with "We the People," a school program that helps students understand the Constitution, and also competes on the unified track and field team. "In my freshman year, I got so interested in everything and I wanted to do everything," Ellie said. "My mom said 'what would you do if you weren't so involved?' I said, 'I don't know what I would do with my time.'" Ellie's school week not only includes her    Read more >

Clay County High School's Government and Politics Class wins State Championship in “We the People” competition


Congratulations to the West Virginia State “We the People” Champions. Clay County High School’s Advance Placement Government & Politics class, taught by Mr. Philip Dobbins, traveled to Charleston on February 1, 2018 to compete in the “We the People” state competition. This is a competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution and current issues in mock congressional style hearings. Each school participating must divide their classes into six teams. These six teams prepare a four-minute verbal response to a constitutional question and then are asked follow up questions by a team of three judges for six    Read more >

Amador, Foothill headed to 'We the People' national finals


The competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are heading to Washington, D.C. in April, representing California for the "We the People" national finals. Amador won the state regionals while Foothill placed second in the same tournament, held in Bakersfield on Feb. 1-2. As the winner, Amador automatically earned a spot at the national competition, while Foothill was chosen as a wild-card selection to also compete in D.C. The finals will be held from April 27 to May 1. "We are extremely proud of our Amador and Foothill student competitors," Superintendent David Haglund said. "It almost goes without saying    Read more >

We the People: Pleasanton High Schools Heading to National Competition


For the first time in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) history, both Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School competitive civics teams will represent California at the We the People National Finals in Washington D.C. At the We the People State Competition held on February 1-2, 2018 in Bakersfield, California, Amador Valley High School’s team finished in first place and Foothill’s team earned second place. As the first place team, Amador Valley High School earns a spot at the National Competition. On Friday, February 9, Foothill High School’s competitive civics team was announced as the ‘wild card’ selection,    Read more >

Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team


The Washington State Senate today honored Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, in recognition of the school’s 22nd state championship. “Since I was elected in 2012, I’ve had the honor of introducing a resolution each year recognizing teams from Tahoma High,” Mullet said. “I’m continually impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm. This is a great program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.” The team will represent the state of Washington later this    Read more >

Black River students place second in state We the People civics competition


Black River students placed second in the “We The People” civics state championship on Jan. 12. “We The People” is a competition run by the Center for Civic Education, which is dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. The organization, with help from sponsors, runs state competitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Mariana Islands, as well as a national competition. During the competition, panels of students are tested on their knowledge of civics, law and politics    Read more >

Meridian team wins We the People Competition


Students from the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School civics program took home first and second place in the Idaho state finals of the We the People Competition. The competition was held Jan. 30 in Boise. This is the first time in more than a decade that a team from the Treasure Valley won the competition, according to Meridian Medical Arts Charter social studies teacher Blake Gaudet. The students qualified for the national competition, which will take place in April in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education    Read more >

Nevada State Competition video leads the 5:00 pm news


CBS channel KTVN covered the Nevada State Finals of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition and ran this informative piece at the beginning of the 5:00 pm news    Read more >

Young constitutional scholars at Easthampton High School win statewide 'We the People' competition


BOSTON -- "Greek and Roman history has revealed that thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero thought that although democracies may begin well, they tend to end in tyranny. What was Aristotle's thinking about different forms of government? Which did he prefer, and how might his ideas have influenced the Framers of the Constitution?" No cheating. Go. Your classmates are depending upon you, and a team of judges are listening and taking notes. An academic team from Easthampton High School fielded a series of such questions Saturday to win the statewide "We the People" competition, prevailing over top schools across Massachusetts. The    Read more >

We The People first Sheridan High School team to five-peat


Sheridan High School has a history of dynastic programs. The Broncs football team recently won its third consecutive state title, and Sheridan captured four straight football championships in the early 1990s. But a Sheridan team had never taken home five state titles in a row — until last week, when SHS won the Wyoming We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution championship in Laramie for the fifth straight year. The team will now compete in the 31st annual We The People National Finals in Washington, D.C., beginning April 27. “I think it’s the hallmark of an outstanding academic program in Sheridan,” We The People state    Read more >

Fishers High School wants national championship in constitution competition


Fishers High School is already the state champion in a civics program called We the People. Now the team of students, who care deeply about the United States Constitution and the country, prepare to compete for a national championship in Washington, D.C. April 27 – May 1. Four team members delivered a practice presentation for WTHR in a classroom after school recently. "Citizens should demand the leaders of both political parties hold their members accountable,” said one boy reading a four-minute group prepared paper. The students testify before a panel of judges on constitutional issues and government policies, answering questions    Read more >

Students, teacher of the year visit Annapolis


They got a tour of the statehouse, had their picture taken with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and a few of them sat in on a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan. In all, 21 Boonsboro High School students and 15 from Williamsport High had a full day Thursday in Annapolis. They were members of the schools' "We the People" classes. The Boonsboro class visited the Senate, and the Williamsport class observed the House. At lunchtime, they heard from members of the Washington County delegation and Amie Hoeber, candidate for Congress from the Sixth District. Washington County's Teacher of the Year also was in Annapolis on Thursday. Western Heights    Read more >

‘We the People’ group honored


The Richmond School Board’s True Blue Moment, which looks at good things happening in the district, at a recent meeting recognized Dr. Mark Ladd and his “We the People” group at Richmond High School. The group attends competitive competitions against other schools where they make a presentation and then answer questions related to the topic. Several students took a moment to share how much knowledge they have gained about the U.S. Constitution and also feeling less apprehensive about speaking in public    Read more >

Boonsboro senior helps 'We The People' team to fourth nationals trip


In the classroom and on the soccer field, Connor Blair has learned the value of teamwork. The 17-year-old Boonsboro High School senior said teamwork continues to be a central theme behind the success of the school's "We The People" team, which recently won its third straight state title while punching its ticket to nationals in April. "So far, it's been a lot of fun," said Connor, who joined the team this year. "It's been really easy because the group gels well. It's really fun working with them." The group of 19 juniors and seniors, plus two student coaches, were divided into six units that cover different subject areas for the    Read more >

On to Nationals!


Twenty-three Spearfish High School seniors will travel to Washington, D.C., this spring to represent the state in a national competition focused on the U.S. Constitution. Patrick Gainey, who teaches history and government classes at the high school and coordinates the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program, said it would be the 19th time Spearfish represents the state at the national competition since he took over teaching the class. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility for upper elementary and secondary students. The program was created in 1987, directed by the Center for Civic Education and    Read more >

UVA hosts Virginia high school We the People state finals


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- High school students from across Virginia gathered at the University of Virginia on Friday for the We the People state finals. We the People is a national program that educates students about history and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Students from each of the eight Virginia high schools were divided and quizzed on different units in a simulated congressional hearing scenario. The units they were questioned on ranged from the Philadelphia Convention to present issues like immigration policy. Maggie. L Walker Governor's School in Richmond was the winner of last year's Virginia state finals, as    Read more >

Atlantic City High Project Citizen student projects promote citizenship


Nabil Chowdhury and his classmates saw a problem with the cleanliness and safety of the bathrooms at Atlantic City High School and, through their history class’ Project Citizen assignment, they believe they have a solution. “Our bathroom has a lot of vandalism,” said Chowdhury, 15, of Atlantic City. So the group surveyed students from neighboring school districts on their bathrooms and how students are able to access them before deciding that a swipe card would be the best option. From schoolwide troubles to pervasive social issues, sophomores at Atlantic City High School were tasked with coming up with solutions to whatever issue they    Read more >

Sheridan High School five-peats in civics, government competition


The team from Sheridan High School, led by coach Michael Thomas, won its fifth state title in as many years in the Wyoming We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution finals Monday at the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center. This was the first year Thomas coached the Sheridan team, replacing long-time coach Tyson Emborg. Green River High School finished as state runner-up. Twenty Wyoming high schools competed in one of the most rigorous education courses offered in the study of civics and government. The We the People program is one of the most extensive education programs in the country on the    Read more >

Sheridan High School We the People Team Wins at State


Sheridan High School's We the People team won its fifth consecutive state championship in competition earlier this week in Laramie. We the People sponsor Mike Thomas said the win means that the team will now compete in the national We the People finals, which will be held in Washington D.C. on the last weekend in April. Thomas said We the People was created in 1987. Thomas said there are currently 25 students on the Sheridan High School team. He said the team is part of the high school's Advanced Placement American government and politics course. Students who take the course are required to participate in the We the People program. Thomas    Read more >

York High School students make ‘real world changes’


For York High School students of Advanced Political and Legal Studies, youth doesn’t limit the difference they are making in their community. Teacher Jeff Barry had his 30 students split into multiple sections at the school last Thursday and Friday, and conduct 20 to 30 minute group presentations of their research for Project Citizen. Barry’s Project Citizen is intended to promote civic participation through direct action. The students spent approximately 12 weeks working on their projects, beginning with identifying a concern or public policy issue in the local community. Students then had to research the issue, examine alternative    Read more >

'We the People' classes heading to Annapolis


The Washington County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring two local high schools’ “We the People” classes on a trip to Annapolis, where they will meet their legislators and the governor. On Thursday morning, school buses full of ​students​, teachers, central committee members and Washington County Republican Club officers will leave from Williamsport and Boonsboro high schools and head to Annapolis for the day. Upon arrival at the statehouse, one group will go to the Senate and the other to the House of Delegate’s chambers to watch the session open for the day. The local visitors will be recognized by members of the    Read more >

new course offerings


The West Plains R-7 School Board of Education met this week to review and approve the 2018-2019 list of high school courses and calendar, and a proposed information technology program at South Central Career Center (SCCC). The social studies department will introduce the James Madison Legacy Project, a first-semester offering for juniors and seniors. The project, spearheaded by the Center for Civic Education under the U.S. Department of Education, is a three-year nationwide initiative aimed at increasing student understanding of civics and government. The same department will introduce a new elective course studying U.S. wars    Read more >

Marquette Senior High School Team takes 3rd in “We The People”


ABC 10 reports that the Advanced Placement government class at Marquette Senior High School placed third in the “We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution” competition at the State Capitol in Lansing over the weekend. The team has been a high finisher for years. “The kids did an excellent job, it’s the best performance we’ve had by any group in the 14 years we’ve been doing this. They really were outstanding,” Said AP Government Teacher Fred Cole. They also got a chance to meet with State Representative Sara Cambensy. “It was really nice, she got us on the floor of the House of Representatives, she greeted the kids and    Read more >

Students Honor Veterans Through Mural


A KIMT 3 video news story reports that a two year class project has now turned into a special sight for students in north iowa. american flag mural-vo-1 lowerthird2line:students help bring patriotic mural to school lake mills, ia 7th graders at lake mills elementary school have the opportunity to participate in "project citizen" - which is an elective teaching students to get involved in their community by making an impact. after discovering they did not have many veterans displayed in their school - the class contacted the american legion and decided to create a patriotic mural. artist bubba sorensen was contacted and completed this    Read more >

Fishers Junior High ‘We The People’ team hoping to become back-to-back national champs


This WISH-TV story is accompanied by a three-minute video about the Fishers Junior High “We The People” team having the opportunity to become back-to-back national champions. They could use some help to make it happen. We The People is a citizen and Constitution program, teaching kids a variety of government and civics topics. There are 30 kids on the Fishers Junior High School team. They are split into six units, learning about the Constitution, application of law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and voting to name a few. The kids go through a five-step tryout process and spend time each day in their We The People class to learn    Read more >

Belmont students learn about legislative process from state senator who participated in We the People as a student


Fourth-graders at Belmont Elementary School have been a captive audience this semester as they learn about the three branches of government. They’ve already read numerous books on the subject, including “The Birth of the American Democracy” and “A Day in the Senate.” On Jan. 12, they heard firsthand from a Nebraska state senator and LPS alum what it’s like to be front and center in the legislative process. State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln visited the school and told the story of her personal political journey - from a curious high school student active in “We the People” debate competitions to a first-term state senator    Read more >

Project Citizen: How Northport students are trying to get a sidewalk


PORT SAINT LUCIE — Northport seventh graders are working diligently on their very meaningful Project Citizen collaborations. Students are following the criteria for the projects by identifying a problem, gathering information, examining alternative policies, proposing and developing their own public policy and then developing an Action Plan. Northport instructors Thomas McDonald and Elizabeth Montilla, the critical thinking teacher, are collaborating to make sure that efficacy is evident in the very important projects. Students Clarousse Alfred, Duwyen Williams, John Riordan and Jose Rodriguez are passionate about getting sidewalks    Read more >

‘A laser focus’: We the People grad named 2018 Lilly Scholar


Seventeen-year-old Grace Jackson is like most high school students. She enjoys watching Netflix, reading fantasy novels, drinking coffee and spending time with friends. She also dreams of being a Supreme Court justice, and she thinks setting up mitigation strategies would be “so fun.” On Dec. 15, it was announced that Jackson would receive a full scholarship to any Indiana college as the county’s 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Her love for the U.S. Constitution and laws that govern the land began in eighth grade, when she was a member of the last local We the People team to win the national competition in Washington, D.C    Read more >

Boonsboro High We the People team wins state competition


The We the People team from Boonsboro High School earned the state championship on Jan. 4 in competition with two schools from Baltimore and Charles counties. Boonsboro will participate in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition from April 27 to May 1 in Leesburg, Va. In the simulated congressional hearing, students “testify” before a panel of judges. They demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The goal of We the People is to promote civic competence and    Read more >

Robert C. Byrd High School seniors heading to Charleston for state 'We The People' competition


A group of 21 seniors from Robert C. Byrd High School will travel to Charleston Tuesday to participate in the “We The People” mock congressional hearing. Under the instruction and supervision of AP U.S. Government teacher Greg Phillips, the students competed in November at the district level, where they were chosen as the class to represent District I in state competition. “It’s a mock congressional hearing, but it’s rooted in testifying about constitutional issues,” Phillips said. “There’s a lot of philosophical conversations and philosophical writing that has to happen before we go.” The students have to take abstract    Read more >

Cambensy welcomes Marquette High School students to the State Capitol


LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) invited a class from Marquette Senior High School onto the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon during their visit to the Capitol for a statewide civic competition. Citizens are only allowed on the floor when accompanied by a legislator. Having worked as the director of adult and community education at Marquette Area Public Schools for the last 10 years, Cambensy said she missed working with students. She addressed the students while on the floor about her experiences in the Legislature, answered questions and wished them well in their competition. “I’m    Read more >

Boonsboro High's We the People Team Wins State Championship


The We the People team from Boonsboro High School earned the state championship on January 4, 2018, in competition with two schools from Baltimore and Charles counties. Boonsboro will participate in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Leesburg, Virginia from April 27 – May 1, 2018. In the simulated congressional hearing, students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The primary goal of We the People is to    Read more >

New year, new displays of brains and talent for Kern County students


January commences five months of high energy, intense academic events and competitions administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office. From mid-January through the end of the academic year in May, thousands of students will exhibit their knowledge and skills in a dozen language arts, history, government, mathematics, science and fine arts events based on state curriculum standards. Winning at the county level can mean a trip to state and perhaps national venues for those who have been diligently preparing since the school year began last August. Feb. 2-3 We the People Congressional Hearings, state finals, Golden Valley    Read more >

Tester holds town hall with Flathead high schoolers


Local high school students got a chance to meet one of their senators Friday morning during a town hall meeting held just for them. It was all part of Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's #Montennial Tour. He's been touring the state of Montana and meeting with young people face to face. "I've done a lot of these," said Tester. "It's one of the neat things that I really, really enjoy, is visiting with kids, because for the most part there's no political agenda." Over 100 students from Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Stillwater Christian School convened at Glacier High School's performance hall to ask Tester a variety of questions. They questioned    Read more >

Civic Health and Civic Engagement in Indiana


This is a video interview about the Indiana Civic Health index that was presented on WFYI, Ft. Wayne public television, that includes references to We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution. What is Civic Health, and how do Hoosiers fare when we take a close look at their civic engagement? Measuring everything from voter turnout to participation in community groups to how often families eat dinner together, the Indiana Civic Health Index reveals Indiana residents excel - and where there's room for change. Our guests are retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, Indiana Bar Foundation Executive Director Charles    Read more >

We the People team crowned state champs


Trumbull High’s We the People team won its seventh consecutive citizen and Constitution competition state championship last week. The 29 seniors in Katie Boland’s AP/ECE Government/Constitutional Studies class beat St. Joseph’s High School, Greenwich High School, Immaculate High School, South Windsor High School, Staples High School and Torrington High School in the competition, held at Central CT. State. The students began their preparation at the start of the school year as they became experts testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. The competition involved entire classes making presentations and    Read more >

Lake Park Memorial Brings Peace To Loved Ones Of Flight 191 Victim


Over three decades ago, Edward Armenta, then 22 years old, was on the way to visit family in the Los Angeles area when he perished along with 272 others during the May 1979 American Airlines Flight 191 crash. After an engine separated from the plane and caused extensive damage, the jet plummeted into a field north of the airport just after takeoff. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the crash remains the deadliest recorded aviation incident in U.S. history. Next spring, nearly four decades after the accident, Armenta’s family will have a chance to remember him at the crash memorial located in Des Plaines’ Lake Park. A tree was planted at    Read more >