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  • We the People state finals held at Golden Valley High School - The Bakersfield Californian
    Students walked the the halls of Golden Valley High School Saturday wearing business suits and dresses for the We the People state finals. “The program started in 1987. It was Congress celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Constitution,” coordinator Terri Richmond said. “It is an honors government class and the students are receiving credit for graduation.” Classes are made into teams, which are separated into six units, Richmond said. Each unit is responsible for discussing various topics centered on the Constitution. “It’s not ’Jeopardy,’” said Eric Ball, the coach for Liberty High School’s team. “They are asked questions and they are expected to give in-depth conversational responses. Frankly, there are a lot of adults that can’t do that.” Liberty High School, along with Centennial and Arvin high schools, progressed from the regional competition to make it to the state finals. The state champion class is from Arcadia High School.

  • Mini Grants Announced by Wisconsin Humanities Council Include Project Citizen
    Project Citizen | $1,995 awarded to Civics in Wisconsin In winter and spring 2016, upper elementary, middle school, and high school students, as well as youth groups, will participate in this acclaimed civic education program. The project will include teachers’ workshops in Madison and local showcases of student projects in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Monroe. The state showcase will be held in Madison in April. - See more at:

  • LHS takes third at We the People competition | The Laurel Outlook
    On Jan. 26, 35 Laurel High School honors civics students headed to Helena to compete in the Montana We the People state final, a competition testing students’ knowledge and understanding of constitutional and citizenship topics. The Laurel team took third place overall among teams from Anaconda, Kalispell, Lewistown and Glacier. The We the People program is a nationwide competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Finals are usually conducted by congressional district, but since Montana has only one, schools compete in a single state final. The first place finisher then competes at the national level against teams from across the U.S. Laurel has a long history in the We the People competition: LHS has sent teams to the state finals for at least 16 years and won the competition in both 2012 and 2015. Students spend a semester studying the contents of the We the People textbook. Classes are split into six teams that study the six units of the text.

  • River Bluff and Dent win mock congressional hearing | | Columbia Star
    River Bluff High School and Dent Middle School won the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competitions on January 7 in Columbia. The wins mark River Bluff’s first state title in the high school division and Dent’s first state title in the middle school division. The first runner-up at the high school level was Wando High School. Students competed in a mock congressional hearing and discussed critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective. We the People is an in-depth study of history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Its goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's students by enhancing understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and allowing students to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution.

  • Incline High’s We the People class heading to Vegas for state civics competition |
    What is the relationship, if any, between the Fourth Amendment and the principles of limited government and the rule of law? That is one of several the questions members of Incline High School’s We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution are busy preparing to answer at a state competition this weekend. “They will be tremendously competitive,” said Milton Hyams, teacher of We the People and AP Government at Incline High. “They are working really hard, and they know the task at hand. They’ve got a great shot at it.” In preparation of the state competition, which takes place Saturday in Las Vegas at West Career & Technical Academy, the team is devoting class time as well as multiple hours outside of class each week practicing, researching and reading relevant text. “(Preparing) is definitely the main focus for all of us this week,” said Incline High senior Hannah Laurie, who is on the team. “We’ve met lot as a full class, judging each and asking each other the questions."

  • ‘We the People’ Teacher Says State Win Was Tough |
    As reported earlier, Sheridan High School’s “We the People” team took first place Monday at state for the third year in a row. Calling in to a Sheridan Media interview Tuesday morning from a hotel in Douglas, where the whole group was snowed in overnight coming home from Laramie, teacher Tyson Emborg told The Morning Show that the competition was just as tough this year as in year’s past. (Links to the interview are accessible from the Sheridan Media site.) For the competition, he said, the students were required to answer complex questions about the U.S. Constitution. Emborg told them Tuesday afternoon they did make it back to Sheridan. So he will be a guest on this morning’s Public Pulse show, as scheduled, to talk about the competition and his history lecture coming up on Thursday at The Brinton in Big Horn. The show airs at 9 on KROE, right after the news.

  • Overland Park students win Kansas statewide civics competition
    A team of students from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park will head to Washington, DC for a national civics championship after winning a statewide competition Monday. The students defeated teams from three other Kansas high schools in the annual “We the People” state civics championship. Teams had 10 minutes to present their testimony at mock congressional hearings as they fielded questions from judges on the history, structure and application of the U.S. Constitution. Blue Valley Northwest is a dynasty in the competition, winning six of the past seven years, according to teacher and team adviser Ken Thomas. “They challenge each other and really push each other,” Thomas said of his team. Thomas said his students have a “vast array” of future college majors and career goals in mind, including political science and law. “How much citizens know about their government and their Constitution matters,” Professor Thomas Vontz told the students.

  • 26 Missouri government teachers embark on professional development series
    Twenty-six teachers from across Missouri converged on The Missouri Bar Center Jan. 25-26 as part of the James Madison Legacy Project. The educators first attended The Missouri Bar “We the People” and the Constitution state competition where they watched high school teams compete for the chance to represent Missouri at the national “We the People” competition to be held April 22-25, in Washington, D.C. Observing the mock congressional hearing competition taught them how to produce hearings as part of a culminating constitutional project with their own students. The second day, teachers participated in an in-service on teaching “We the People” curriculum. Dr. Steve Belko, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, and Dr. David Alvis, associate professor of political science at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, presented a scholarly lecture series on our nation’s philosophical and historical foundations and the constitutional ratification debates.

  • Ridgefield Park social studies teacher honored for Project Citizen - Community News -
    Seventh grade social studies teacher Michael Savino was presented with a ceremonial resolution from the state on behalf of Sen. Paul Sarlo, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride and Assemblyman Gary Schaer on Jan. 19 for his dedication to teaching civic engagement in the classroom. Project Citizen, a program taught by Savino, has become an important part of the curriculum at the Ridgefield Park Junior Senior High School and the Bergen County Assembly wished to honor him for all he does to keep this program alive. Project Citizen is "a project-based program for middle and high school students that promotes civic engagement among students which was created by The Center for Civic Education in California. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy while developing support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy." Upon learning about Project Citizen, Caride and Schaer wanted to honor Savino for his dedication.

  • Oregon Local News - LOHS We the People team takes third in state
    Lake Oswego High School placed third in the statewide We The People competition Jan. 16, even though — at 13 members — the team was half the size of its smallest competitor. “We were very surprised,” says Kelsey Talbot, LOHS senior. “It was amazing.” The Classroom Law Project, which organizes this simulation of a Congressional hearing as well as Mock Trial competitions, aims to further youth participation in democracy. For We The People — the first three words of The Preamble in the U.S. Constitution — competitors broke up into six groups and readied speeches or girded themselves for waves of questioning from community leaders acting as judges, including U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici. Talbot said, “I had never really been interested in law or very interested in U.S. government, but taking this class, it was kind of an eye-opening experience to learn more about our rights as citizens of America and how we can represent ourselves in government.”