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  • KVOA | Tucson, Arizona - Middle school government and civics team winning national attention
    This KVOA video (which airs after a commercial advertisement) shows Challenger Middle School's national prominence in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. Among the remarks from Challenger students is Diego Polanco's comment that,"this program changed my life. It's made me a better speaker and a better writer." Teacher Norma Higuera says of the program that it teaches the students social responsibility."It's transformational."

  • Central students get chance at national "We the People" contest |
    Students of civics and government at Cheyenne's Central High have been given a second chance to show their knowledge on a national stage. The school's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team was offered a wildcard spot at the upcoming national competition, said state coordinator Matt Strannigan. "We've had more than one team that was national finals-worthy before, and that's true this year, and we're excited," he said. "It's a great opportunity." That means Wyoming will have two teams representing the state at the national competition at George Mason University, near Washington, DC. The "We the People" team from Sheridan High won the state competition, which earned it a spot at the national competition. Central's team took second place in that competition. Adviser Nate Breen said of the Central students' excited reaction, "They were ecstatic. They were jumping all over the place." Being selected has meant a lot more work for the team but they will be ready.

  • Marshwood High School (Maine) students are in the We the People National Finals
    SOUTH BERWICK Students raise funds to compete in We the People nationals A group of Marshwood High School seniors are raising funds to travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Maine in the national We the People competition. Some 34 South Berwick and Eliot students are hoping to make the four-day trip to the nation’s capital following their February win in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution contest, which tested their understanding of the fundamental values and principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The team has set up a Go Fund Me site, where friends, family and community members can support their efforts ( So far, the students have raised $1,805 toward the $8,000 the group aims for. Marshwood seniors last year went to the We the People national finals and finished first in the Northeast division.

  • Superintendent Skorkowsky lends a hand to We the People students | Clark County School District
    Clark County (Nevada) School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky stopped by Dr. Louis Grillo's We the People class at Canyon Springs High School on March 19 to help prepare the students for National We the People, set for April 24-28 at George Mason University. Others who have been assisting the students are Professor Mark Peplowski, Professor David Tanenhaus, Professor Michael Green, David Byerman, Judge Philip Pro and Roger West. For more information, visit or, or call Kathleen Dickinson at (702) 317-1408.

  • Northwest Indiana schools represent state at national competitions
    Powerhouse academic teams from two Northwest Indiana schools head to Science Olympiad and We the People national competitions in April representing the state. Twenty-two Munster High students travel April 24-28 to Washington, D.C., to represent Indiana in the 28th annual We the People national competition that brings together more 1,000 students from throughout the U.S. The contest begins at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The top 10 teams from that competition will progress to congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for the final leg of the competition, said Michael Gordon, a government teacher at Munster High and the team's coach for the past 12 years. Gordon said We the People is "constitutional debate.” Munster students won the district and state contests earlier this school year, where they were challenged by experts in constitutional issues about their understanding of America's founding principles.

  • Eighth graders impress with ‘Project Citizen’ at meeting | Boothbay Register
    Boothbay Region Elementary School teachers Cory Chase and Nick Scott have teamed up for Project Citizen, a six-week-long, project-based learning program now in its eighth year at BRES. At the CSD School Committee meeting on March 11, Chase and Scott brought two eighth grade students, Riley Sullivan and Olivia Paolillo, to present their project to the committee. In Project Citizen, students pick a problem that exists in society. It can be a local, state or national problem. It can be school-related or not. Once they've chosen their topic, they research the issue and identify the problem and propose solutions to fix it. They prepare an essay, oral presentation and documentary film. “It's a very in-depth project, demanding of students,” Scott said. “The students sometimes use SurveyMonkey (a free online survey tool) to get real-time responses from the community for their projects.” “It's a project that combines language arts and social studies,” Chase said.

  • NSHS students win state 'We the People' competition for 9th straight year | The Valley Breeze
    They've been called "the best freshman in the nation," and this April, they'll show off their skills before a panel of judges, competing against bright juniors and seniors from across the country at an event in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, Feb. 7, 31 students from North Smithfield High School won Rhode Island's "We the People" state competition. The students presented two papers showing their constitutional knowledge and were chosen as the winning class. They will now travel to Washington to compete in the National Finals against the best students from across the 50 states. "We the People" is a program that empowers young people and emphasizes the importance of active citizenship. According to teacher Natalie O'Brien, it also does a great deal to promote their interest in politics. "The skills they learn transcend the grades on a report card," O'Brien explained.

  • AVHS 'We the People' team to hold event Monday | News | |
    This year's Amador Valley We the People team is the 14th team in the high school's history to qualify for the national competition. "They have learned so much since last summer," said Stacey Sklar, Amador Valley's new WTP coach. "I am extraordinarily proud of their commitment and hard work." Sklar teaches English at Amador Valley but she also has a law degree from New York University. Sklar used to volunteer as judge when the team would practice, adding that she has always enjoyed and admired the program. "We consider it to be a distinct honor to represent our community in our quest to bring home a national title," said the Amador Valley WTP team. "To make our dream come true, it will take $60,000 of community support to send the 22 of us to Washington D.C." The event, "An American Passport," will include international appetizers, refreshments, a silent auction and a team exhibition with "celebrity" judges.

  • Brush Middle School sixth graders learn about school finance - Brush News-Tribune
    When it comes to school funding, the issues can be overwhelming to say the least. But sixth graders at Brush Middle School (BMS) recently opened themselves up to the challenge by researching the topic for their Project Citizen class, an elective offered at BMS. During the project, Robb Zellmer's third hour class not only learned about funding in the Brush School District, but also learned the role of government in their lives, the responsibility of citizenship, how to come up with an important topic and gather research, along with the importance of public speaking. The culmination of the project was a Power Point presentation of their findings to the entire student body on February 25.

  • Project Citizen students focusing on suicide prevention
    The students in Julie Lester’s class are part of a program called Project Citizen that asks students to examine pressing problems among youth and to explore solutions. Past classes have taken on problems such as teen pregnancy, sex education and bullying. Lester’s students had no inkling of Substitute Senate Bill 6413, passed in 2013, that would lead to North Mason’s policy upgrade on suicide prevention when they chose suicide as their topic of the year. “We think it’s important because it’s really serious and a lot of people just kind of ignore it and just kind of sweep it under the rug,” student Elmira Morozova said. “We’re trying to put a stop to it.” Lester’s students propose suicide solutions within North Mason School District, Whether those efforts come to fruition depends on the willingness of the school board to approve the plan. Some of Lester’s previous Project Citizen classes saw their action plans go into effect.