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  • Representative Blumenauer Congratulates Lincoln and Grant High Schools
    (April 26, 2016) – Today, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) congratulated the constitution teams of Lincoln High School and Grant High School for their success in this year’s “We the People” Constitution competition, with Lincoln placing first and Grant placing third in the national finals yesterday. Congressman Blumenauer commended both teams’ students and volunteer coaches for their efforts and passion for the Constitution and government. Click here to watch Congressman Blumenauer’s remarks. “These teenage scholars, most not old enough to vote or to drive, compete in a contest demonstrating their knowledge of the Constitution and democratic principles, as well as their ability to think on their feet,” Blumenauer said. “At a time when civics education doesn’t appear to be a priority for most of American education, this shows the appetite and the capacity to fill that gap.” On Friday, April 22, ahead of the competition, Congressman Blumenauer met with both teams on the House floor to wish them luck and answer detailed questions about partisanship and the political climate, the breadth of the administrative state, the challenges presented by special interests and weakened campaign finance laws, and the role of a legislator in the 21stcentury. “Listening to their comments and questions, I celebrated their insights and hard work, their commitment,” Blumenauer said reflecting on the meeting. “I wish we could have all of them on the floor of this House to elevate the discussion and deliberation, and I think they’d add, frankly, to the decision making. But until their time will come, and it can’t come soon enough, we celebrate five consecutive national championships for two public high schools in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations, Lincoln Cardinals on your championship, and Grant High School for finishing third. Together, you have dominated this elite competition for five consecutive years. Congratulations!”

  • Portland teams top the nation in constitutional law competition
    Lincoln High School has again topped the nation in the We The People competition of the Classroom Law Project. This is the fifth year that Oregon teams have won top honors in the College Park, Maryland, competition. This year, the Grant High School team also competed at the national tournament and came in third. The Lincoln team has finished first place six times in the competition’s 29-year history; the Grant team has finished first twice. “Presidential candidates could learn a thing or two from these talented students! With young people like these, we know the future will be in good hands,” CLP Program Director Barbara Rost said of the Oregon students in a news release. The teams also received praise from the people doing the jobs they were simulating: their congressional representatives. Rep. Earl Blumenauer met with the teams ahead of the competition and answered questions on democracy and partisanship. “I wish we could have all of them on the floor of this House to elevate the discussion and deliberation, and I think they’d add, frankly, to the decision making," Blumenauer said. "But until their time will come, and it can’t come soon enough, we celebrate five consecutive national championships for two public high schools in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations, Lincoln Cardinals on your championship, and Grant High School for finishing third.” The state's U.S. Senators also praised the teams. The competitors study civics and constitutional law as part of the We the People curriculum available for elementary through high school level. During the competition, which is in the form of simulated congressional hearings, students testify as constitutional experts. Judges are empaneled in congressional-type committees, pressing the students on their knowledge of the constitution, political history and current events.

  • Portland Schools Excel in We the People
    Lincoln High School continued the Portland domination of the national "We the People' competition in which students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution. It was the fifth straight year a team from Portland came out as national champion. Lincoln won in 2012, 2014, and this year. Grant High School won ins 2013 and 2015. Grant came in third this year. It was Lincoln's sixth overall title, more than any other school in the nation.

  • Reno High School Wins Award at We the People National Finals
    A local high school has cause to celebrate after receiving the Region One - Western States Award for the 29th annual We the People national finals. Reno High School won the award for being the western school with the highest cumulative scores during the first two days of competition. The annual competition included simulated congressional hearings. This year's contest was held from April 23 to 26 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Also representing the Silver State were students from Incline Village High School. While neither team made it to the top 10, congratulations to both schools for all their hard work.

  • Reno High School Wins Award at We the People National Finals
    A local high school has cause to celebrate after receiving the Region One - Western States Award for the 29th annual We the People national finals. Reno High School won the award for being the western school with the highest cumulative scores during the first two days of competition. The annual competition included simulated congressional hearings. This year's contest was held from April 23 to 26 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Also representing the Silver State were students from Incline Village High School. While neither team made it to the top 10, congratulations to both schools for all their hard work.

  • Valley View High School in Jonesboro participated in the We The People National Finals
    He also paid tribute to students from Valley View High School in Jonesboro who participated in the We The People National Finals last week at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and on Capitol Hill. Participants held simulations of congressional hearings. We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program "promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation's upper elementary and secondary students," according to its website. A high school from Oregon won this year's national competition.

  • Laurel High We the People Class Visits Washington, DC
    The LHS Honors Civics class visited Senator Daines at his Washington, D.C. office while representing Montana at the National Finals of We The People competition this week. In the photo are Sarah Tomljenovich, Shayla Deming, Jesse Dufresne, Connor Ludwig, Marcus Miller, Robert Nardella, Aspen Robertus, Riley McIvain, Andrew Day, Morgan O’Neil, Courtney Hallock, Noah Marquis, Taggert Myhre, Garrison Allen and MiKaela Barker. The students held a fundraiser April 12 to raise money for their competition. Along with seeing a demonstration by the students, attendees browsed a silent auction filled with items donated by Hair on Main, Famous Dave’s, City Brew, Foul Play, Masterlube, Ace Hardware, Bob Fox, Redneck Pizza, Pizza Hut, WalMart, Auto Zone, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Vue & Brew, First & Hair/Salon Envy, Beartooth Grill, McDonald’s, Heidi’s Coffee Cabin, First Interstate Bank and Starbucks.

  • Sheridan High We the People Class Wins National Award
    Sheridan High School’s We the People team will be coming home with a special piece of hardware this week. Four members of the team earned national recognition with a Unit Award. Each team has six units in which it competes that are all centered around different themes. The Unit Awards recognize the best non-finalist teams in each unit of competition. Loren Migrants, Delainy Szmyd, Tailor Geeting and Jacob Botten won an award for Unit 4, which focuses on how the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices. We the People advisor and SHS government and history teacher Tyson Emborg said this is the first time a Wyoming team has earned a national award. “Five years ago, Cheyenne Central got top team in the region, but no team (from Wyoming) has ever gotten this kind of national recognition,” Emborg said. He also noted that while the team did not finish in the top 10 overall at the national competition, the unit award is still national recognition of the students’ efforts. “I’m pretty proud of all the work that they’ve done,” Emborg said. “It was a tremendous amount of work.” SHS principal Brent Leibach noted the accomplishment as well. “This is another example of the excellence displayed by SHS staff and students,” Leibach said in an email to The Press. “For this group to win a national title puts SHS on a stage that has never been achieved by a group from Wyoming. Tyson Emborg is simply the best at what he does, and this group of students can take the title of national champions with them for the rest of their life!” A total of 27 students from SHS participated in the national competition. They were Jacob Botten, Angelina Bruso, Sidney Carroll, Jack Clement-La Rosa, Thomas Clift, Hannah Deutscher, Zachary Gale, Tailor Geeting, Katherine Goodell, Cody Heaps, Jenna Hoffman, Brady Holden, Sidney Jensen, Liam Jones, Lillian Kukuchka, James Malles, Loren Migrants, Cooper Neavill, Benjamin Romanjenko, Evan Staben, Jillian Stalker, Delainy Szmyd, Thomas Terry, Zachar

  • Trumbull High We the People Class Places Eighth in the Nation
    The We the People team from Trumbull High School won eighth place in the nation after competing in the final rounds of the competition on Capitol Hill on Monday. The team learned that it had made the Top 10 in weekend competition in Maryland, securing a berth for the top spot, which went to Lincoln High School of Portland, Ore. Trumbull students testified in front of several state Supreme Court justices and explained the different levels of strict scrutiny with support from various Supreme Court cases, said teacher Katie Boland, their adviser. The also discussed prosecutorial discretion with law school professors and district court justices. "To see my students respond to the questions with eloquence, support, passion and case law was truly amazing," Boland said. The Trumbull team has won the state championship five years in a row and took eighth place in the national competition two years ago. Students said they considered the competition a once-in-a-lifetime experience. "I am beyond proud and thankful to have been a part of this We the People Team," said senior Emily Ramsey. "The friendships that were formed, the memories made, and the success we achieved will be with me for the rest of my life." Her teammate Gabby Tropp agreed. "It was an amazing experience to talk to, and even impress, state Supreme Court justices, professional lawyers, and professors," she said. "The pride I felt for my classmates every time they nailed an answer was immeasurable. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity." The Trumbull High squad has won for 21 of the 29 years the state competition, which promotes civic competence and responsibility in high school seniors, has existed. This year they bested strong teams from Greenwich High, Staples High in Westport, St. Joseph’s High in Trumbull, Torrington High, Immaculate High in Danbury and South Windsor High. Trumbull takes the competition seriously. Interested juniors have to write an essay and have an interview to make the 24-member team. They read and complete assignments

  • North Side High School Competed in the We the People Program National Finals
    The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team from North Side High School competed in the national finals this past weekend, but wasn’t among the 10 teams that advanced to the championship round Monday. North Side’s team of 10 seniors and one junior is the first ever from northeast Indiana to make it to the national finals, which now are in their 29th year. Fifty-four teams from 40 states competed at the national finals. The teams were divided into four divisions, with North Side competing in Division C. The North Side team was invited to the national finals as the Warren E. Burger Class representative. That invitation goes to a team that demonstrates a high level of academic achievement while attending a high school with a large percentage of students from minority and lower socio-economic backgrounds. The national finals’ preliminary rounds took place Saturday and Sunday at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. The 10 teams with the best combined scores moved on to the championship round in congressional hearing rooms Monday at the U.S. Capitol. Students had to demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and related issues in front of judges at simulated congressional committee hearings, an event news release said. Judges included constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials. The Allen County Bar Foundation paid for the North Side team's trip to the national finals. The foundation also organized the local legal community, including Indiana Tech Law School faculty and students, to help the North Side team prepare for the competition. The We the People program, which is organized by the Center for Civic Education, "promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation's upper elementary and secondary students," the nonprofit organization said on its website, http://www.civiced.org.