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Titans Win As Son Defends Immigration Rights in ‘We the People’ Regional Championship Same Day His Mom Takes Oath of Citizenship


As the date of the We The People competition drew nearer, T.C. Williams senior Jerome Maquiling spent more and more hours wrestling with one of the biggest decisions he had ever had to make: It was not only the day the he was slated to represent T.C. Williams in the We the People Regional Championship — something he had been working towards for months — it was also the day that his mom would take the oath to become a U.S. Citizen. Jerome and his mom landed in the U.S. from the Philippines when he was just five years old. He spoke no English and at school found himself scribbling with his finger in the air to let his teacher know that he    Read more >



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Trumbull owns state We The People crown again


Trumbull High School once again won the state championship for the We The People citizenship and constitution competition at Central Connecticut State University. This marks the 8th straight year the team, under the direction of teacher Katie Boland, has won the right to represent the state in the national competition, which will be held April 26 to 30 in Washington, DC. The current team is comprised of 25 members of Boland’s Advanced Placement/Early College Experience Government and Constitutional Studies class. They practiced since the start of the school year to become experts at testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated    Read more >

We the People team earns second at state: Eighth-grade civics students place second behind Fishers for third year


“Winning is easy,” We the People teacher Michael Potts said to a group of somber-faced eighth-grade students one day after they placed second at the state competition. “This is the hard part. It’s hard for me to look at all of you and see your sad faces. It’s hard for you to sit here, feeling bad.” Even though they may not be able to grasp it at this time, Potts said the eighth-grade students are winners. “I hope someday, someday soon, you will realize how much you have won. Not only yesterday, but how much you’ve won through this class and through efforts you’ve put forth your entire lives,” he said to his students    Read more >

Naturalization ceremony welcomes 20 new U.S. citizens at Sierra Vista High School


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — On Saturday, around 1:00 p.m., 20 immigrants from 15 different countries around the world officially became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony inside Sierra Vista High School. The ceremony followed a Southern Nevada competition ‘We The People’, which challenged over 400 high school students with questions about the nation’s history, constitution and citizenship process. Afterwards, many of the students, their parents and teachers stayed to watch the naturalization ceremony. U.S. District Judge Andrew Patrick Gordon led the Oath of Allegiance, granting these immigrants their citizenship. “These folks are    Read more >

A strong constitution: Kentucky students show what they know


How well do you know the U.S. Constitution? While most Americans comprehend that the Constitution protects their rights, few can readily cite the history, laws and politics that have shaped that document’s 27 amendments. But 126 Kentucky middle and high school students from six area schools who took part in We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution definitely know their Constitution and are adept at discussing its democratic principles. The Dec. 11 event, hosted by the McConnell Center, is a series of student presentations that simulate a congressional hearing. Community representatives who have expertise in law, history and/or    Read more >

Wando brings home gold to the Lowcountry in constitutional competition


Wando High School won its second We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Dec. 7 in Lexington. The first runner-up was River Bluff High School in Lexington. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges and is sponsored by the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. The team will now represent South Carolina in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. “This program allows students to learn more about the Constitution in a fun and competitive way,” said LRE director Cynthia Cothran. “    Read more >

Familiar names return to We the People winner circle


Hamilton County teams took home top honors in the Indiana We the People high school and middle school state finals held Sunday through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The first-place finishers now have the chance to compete for national titles. Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School placed first and second, respectively, in the high school state competition. Meanwhile, Fishers Junior High School captured first place in the middle school contest, continuing its streak of top finishes since 2016. Hamilton Southeastern will compete in the national We the People competition in Virginia in April 2019. Fishers Junior High School will    Read more >

Students show off knowledge of the Constitution; Thomas-Foundation awards ,000 to We the-People


These kids are all right, and probably know a lot more about the U.S. Constitution than you do. "Classical republicanism has its roots in Greek and Roman philosophy," Sheridan High School student Stephanie Gonda said during the annual "We the People" competition at the Ramkota Hotel on Tuesday. Fellow student David Wold added, "Cicero, a Roman scholar, said 'a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but cannot survive an enemy from within.'" And Taylor Katschke followed with, "Unifying the people of a nation under one banner, that of the common good, is the force that drives classical republicanism; whereas the natural rights    Read more >



A class of high schoolers are going beyond the walls of their school to make a difference. Students from Lafayette Jeff and Oakland are working on projects to change public policy issues. The project is through Purdue's national civic education program called "Project Citizen." Students spent the last two months creating a resolution to hot button issues within our community and world. Grant Fischer, the social studies teacher leading the students said his class of 15 have split into five groups of 3. The groups have been working on the their projects for the past two months. Issues of plastic bag pollution, teen pregnancy, concussions    Read more >

We the People competition in Bakersfield



Arvin High School crowned 2018 We the People regional champs


Students from across Kern County put their knowledge of the United States Constitution to the test Saturday at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was the students from Arvin High School who were crowned 2018 We the People regional champions. With the win, Arvin High School will go on to represent Kern County in the state championships on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. Centennial High School finished as champions of the 23rd District, but were runners up to Arvin High School in overall scoring. Centennial High School still has a chance to earn a wildcard bid to participate in the state championships. Each team individually presented    Read more >

Citizenship: From Conceptual Learning to Active Participation by Jack Hoar


Jack Hoar worked on behalf of civic education from the 1960s until he passed away this April. Jack first became a colleague of the Center in about 1967 when he was the social studies supervisor for Long Beach Unified School District. Upon his retirement in 1992, he became a full-time staff member, integrally involved in all major projects of the Center. He served as director of the Civitas International Programs from 1996 to 2003, when he retired. He returned to lead the program once again from 2010 to 2014. Although he retired from the Center in 2014, he continued to be a senior consultant until his final days. This is a preview of Jack's    Read more >

Joplin High School Constitution Team takes second at state competition


The Joplin High School Constitution Team has done all it can do. Now the waiting begins. The team finished second this week in the state-level Show Me the Constitution competition, held in Columbia. A win at state would have automatically qualified the team for a trip to the national We the People competition, but the possibility exists that its second-place showing will be good enough for an invite anyway, JHS teacher and team adviser William Keczkemethy said. Rather than wait, though, Keczkemethy and the team plan to celebrate their performance that was topped by only one other school in the entire state. Details are still being worked    Read more >

Sandema Sec/Tec wins NCCE Ghana Project Citizen Competition


Navrongo (UE), Dec. 3, GNA - The Sandema Senior High Technical School emerged victorious in this year’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Project Citizen Showcase competition held for selected senior schools in the Upper East Region. It beat four other schools after amassing 58 points to take over the crown from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) that won the competition last year. The Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School in Navrongo, which hosted the competition, came second after securing 55.5 points while the third position went to Paga Senior High School with 41.7 points. Bolgatanga Senior High    Read more >

‘We The People’ pushes students to higher level


A new government class at Jasper High School offers students the chance to dive deeply into the U.S. Constitution and show off their knowledge in a statewide competition. The class, called We The People, is part of a nationwide program that covers the history and principles of the United States’ democratic republic. It’s a combination between a government class and an academic competition that places students in regional, state and national competitions. This is the first year JHS has offered the course, and the 10 students in the class already qualified for the state competition. They will compete in Indianapolis later this month.    Read more >

Civics 101 New Hampshire Public Radio: Why the Midterms Matter


California We the People programs state coordinator Cheryl Cook-Kallio was interviewed for this program    Read more >

Why Americans Don't Vote, from New York Times


This animated piece provides a quick overview of some reasons people don't vote    Read more >

Presque Isle High School students to host candidates forum


The candidates running for state House and Senate and for county sheriff will share their ideas for governance at a forum hosted by Presque Isle High School students on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The candidate forum is part of Presque Isle High School’s civics class Project Citizen curriculum, said Zachary Powers, chair of the social studies department at the high school. The forum will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Middle School Auditorium. The first such forum organized through PIHS was held in 2016 and “was warmly received by the candidates and community as it was the only venue that political candidates had been given    Read more >

Springfield Project Citizen students tackle politics, speak with local leaders


Springfield City students recently had an opportunity to speak with public officials and present to them projects exploring how they can make the city, state and country a better place. The students took on Project Citizen, a learning experience that allows students to dive into local politics and learn more about both sides of the issues. It is also a tool to teach them that they can make a difference, government teacher Scott Hambrick said. “I am big on citizenship and civic participation,” he said. “I just want students to see that even at a young age, even though they are not voters, there are other ways and more influential ways    Read more >

We the People Teacher Phil Dobbins recognized at WV Teacher of the Year Ceremony


West Virginia Teacher of the Year nominees from every county were honored at a gala at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the evening of September 12, 2018. Philip Dobbins, a 26-year veteran educator assigned to Clay County High School represented Clay County Schools. As part of this celebration, the West Virginia Teacher of the Year was announced by State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. Dobbins teaches Civics and Government classes at Clay County High School. He also teaches two advanced placement (AP) courses. His AP students boast one of the highest passing rates in the state on their AP exams. His AP Government and Politics course    Read more >

Student on a mission to boost CSUF voter registration


By Meghan Waymire Contributing columnist In my senior year of high school, I participated in We The People, a competitive program where students perform mock congressional hearings and are challenged with questions to test their critical thinking skills and knowledge on court cases, history, current events, the Constitution and more. Although I had always been intrigued by politics, We The People solidified that interest, taught me how to research and showed me just how important it was for people — especially young people — to get involved in the political process. Fast-forward to me falling in love with the environment at Cal State    Read more >

Constitution 101 is Positively Fort Wayne


With the General Election just a few months away, some residents are taking steps they feel will help them make more informed decisions at the polls. They're taking a class called Constitution 101 that is being offered at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. "My wife and I signed up so we could refresh our memories and get a better understanding of the laws," said 75-year old Randy Roberts. "Just to really find out what is going on and what are our leaders doing to us and for us." Reginald Blackmon also signed up for the adult only class. He did it to better understand the voting process and share that information with his    Read more >

New Missouri Law Requires Students to Pass Civics Exam Before Graduating


A new Missouri law requires all public colleges and universities to administer a civics exam to students as a requirement for graduation. It was part of Senate Bill 807, which went into effect on August 28, 2018. The law will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students who come after them. The law says the exam must be 50 to 100 questions similar to those on the U.S. Citizenship test. The subject matter must include the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other areas of government and history. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, each institution is responsible    Read more >

How To Make A Civics Education Stick


How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news? In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts. Start when they're young, go into college Little kids know about rules. If you explain the reasons behind the rules, they'll understand that, too. Charles Quigley, executive director of    Read more >

Civics education belongs in all school grades


My position will be to encourage civic education for students throughout all grades. Most important, high school students can engage in civics through a program called “We the People.” This civics based program has been in existence since 1987. It is administered by the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, Calif., and locally by the N.H. Bar Association in Concord, N.H. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional    Read more >

Oak Grove Middle School Wins Civic Learning Award Read more:


Yearly, the California Department of Education acknowledges excellent public schools in California with the Civic Learning Award. Schools are awarded in one of three areas: Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. For the 2017-2018 school year, only one middle school in all of California was awarded the Civic Learning Award of Distinction, Oak Grove Middle School of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District. Oak Grove Middle School, located in rural Jamul of San Diego County, won the award based on their Constitution-themed curriculum which is a required part of Social Studies class. The award is also a reflection of other programs Oak Grove offers    Read more >

Bar Foundation to offer Constitution 101 course


The Allen County Bar Foundation is bringing back its Constitution 101 course ahead of the November midterm election. "With high-profile midterm elections happening in November, the value of civic literacy cannot be understated," Jim Fenton, attorney and foundation board president, said in a statement. "This course is presented without a political agenda or ideology. Adult learners will draw their conclusions after learning about the history and structure of the federal government in an engaging format." The foundation is partnering with the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne chapter, the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue    Read more >

Students Get 'Too Little' Civics Teaching, Principals Say


Majority of principals say students “more engaged” in civics after Parkland shooting By Alyson Klein Earlier this year, students at Iowa’s Burlington High School joined thousands of their peers in a nationwide protest advocating for stricter gun laws. Nearby, a handful of their classmates staged their own demonstration in support of the Second Amendment. For David Keane, the principal of the school near the Quad Cities, the goal was: Make sure his students engaged in a respectful, productive conversation on an issue that can send adults straight to tantrum territory, especially on social media. Keane said he told his students “ ‘you    Read more >

Security study by Long Beach 3rd graders still significant as bond vote approaches


LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX Television) A massive study about school security in the Long Beach school district, that includes detailed solutions, is gaining momentum. However, it wasn’t done recently. The study blaring the warning sirens was done three years ago, not by a professional consulting company, but by third-graders. “It makes me feel very joyous and happy that me and my friends all did something that helps kids and adults in the future stay safe,” said student Eric Sutton. These soon-to-be sixth-grade students were among a class in the Reeves Elementary School Discovery Program who took on the project called Project Citizen. It    Read more >

Civic Education Overhaul Nears Completion in Massachusetts


Massachusetts legislators have approved a bill to overhaul civics education that would make the Bay State the first in the nation to require schools to coordinate "student led" civics projects. It needs only Gov. Charlie Baker's signature. The bill has been in development for months as lawmakers debated whether to make the projects a graduation requirement for students. The final bill doesn't quite go that far, instead putting the responsibility on each school serving 8th graders and each high school to provide at least one project to students. Those projects, it says, "may be individual, small group, or classwide," and should be designed    Read more >

What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education


Fake news. Record-low voting turnout. Frequent and false claims from elected officials. Vitriol in many corners of political debate. These are symptoms we hear of all the time that our democracy is not so healthy. And those factors might be why many states are turning to the traditional — and obvious — place where people learn how government is supposed to work: schools. More than half of the states in their last legislative sessions — 27 to be exact — have considered bills or other proposals to expand the teaching of civics. "The electorate is largely ignorant, and there is an overall deficit of civic learning," said Charles Quigley    Read more >

BHSU waiving application fee for We the People and other students


Black Hills State University will waive the application fee for all new students who apply for admission to the university during Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish. "If you stop by our booth and apply that night, weíll waive your application fee," said Beth Oaks, director of admissions. A laptop will be available for online applications, as well as paper applications. advertisement "The application is short and easy," said Oaks. And there is great potential for saving much more than . Oaks says scholarships are still available to incoming students, especially students from the local region who are involved in We The People,    Read more >

Indiana teachers participate in We the People career development


Twenty-two Indiana schoolteachers, including Stacy Nolan from Kingsway Christian School in Avon, expanded their understanding of constitutional history and current events, courtesy of Indiana lawyers and the Indiana Bar Foundation. Seven of the participants are new to the curriculum. David Adler, president of Alturas Institute, lecturer, University of Idaho College of Law, addressed how the Constitution limits government power to protect individual rights while promoting the common good, and why the meaning of the Second Amendment and government regulation so controversial today. Robert Dion, associate professor of political science at the    Read more >

Place-Based Education: Think Globally, Teach Locally


Sarah Anderson is Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon, and author of Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum, which features the Center's Project Citizen program. The school incorporates a local approach while also linking students to global issues. By guest blogger Sarah Anderson Globalization and technology have changed the world of education. Teachers must prepare their students for "global citizenship" by exposing them to current events and issues taking place around the world. At the same time, place-based education (PBE) is on    Read more >

Portland High Schoolers Some of the Most Knowledgable Constitutional Scholars in the Nation


Every year, 1 million or so students from the best high schools across the country participate in the We the People competition, battling for a chance to travel to Washington, D.C., for the finals. As experts on the U.S. Constitution, teams engage in simulated congressional hearings, where they're quizzed on such topics as "The Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System," "How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideals in the Declaration of Independence" and "Twenty-first Century Challenges to American Constitutional Democracy." And for six of the past seven years, the top prize has been traded    Read more >

Tahoma High School’s award winning “We the People” program to receive boost from County budget


We the People is a national high school civics program administered by the Center for Civic Education where high school students apply constitutional principles to current issues in a Senate hearing format. Story It’s a nationally recognized program that helps teach civics to the students at Tahoma High School and Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced today that the school’s “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team will receive 00 as part of the budget update adopted by the Council. “I’m proud to support this group of future leaders in continuing their educational endeavors,” said Dunn    Read more >

Newark Charter students help amend Delaware law


When four Newark Charter School students saw video of a woman in Delaware City yelling at a man with a service animal in a restaurant, they didn’t expect to get a standing ovation at Legislative Hall in Dover a few months later. After rising 10th graders Jordyn Arrington, Makenzie “Kenzie” Golla, Genevieve Gore and Jasmin Rutter first saw the video – which made national headlines after going viral last fall – in their current events class, they decided to pursue the topic of service animals for Project Citizen, a national program that encourages citizenship and responsible participation in state and local government. Their school    Read more >

Roaring Fork High School students advocate for classes on financial literacy


Roaring Fork High School students Stefan Platzer and Xio Alvarez took matters into their own hands this past school year and created a project to present to the Roaring Fork School Board for their Project Citizen assignment. Project Citizen encourages high school students to get involved in community government and address a local problem. Platzer and fellow RFHS junior Alvarez hope to convince the school board to make a financial literacy class mandatory for every high school junior. "We believe high school should teach us more life-important skills. In our opinion, one of the most important skills is basic financial management skills," they    Read more >

Park Ridge Applauds Maine South High School’s Constitution Team


Members from the Maine South High School 2017-18 Constitution Team graduated over the weekend, but most of them came back together on Monday (May 21) to be honored by the City of Park Ridge. The team, coached by Andrew Trenkle, won the Illinois title in December, advancing to the April 28-May 1 finals in Washington, D.C. Park Ridge recognized them for “their stellar demonstration of teamwork and expression of knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles.” The contest is officially called “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” now in its 31st year. Maine South teams have frequently won at state, and it’s    Read more >



This article is accompanied by videos filmed by KEZI TV. Students in a U.S. and world history class at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, Oregon presented the findings from their recent gun control project Tuesday. Lawmakers, school board members, education leaders and business owners attended the presentation. The students studied several challenging policy issues throughout the term, including gun control, mental health and climate change. “After the events on Feb. 14 in Parkland Florida at Stonemason Douglas High School, we decided to go towards gun control as our topic,” student Will Borrevik said. “And so today we just finished    Read more >

McKinney Endowment nears ,000 mark


Since the December 2017 creation of an endowment in honor of the late Larry McKinney, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the fund is getting close to reaching the ,000 milestone. The Honorable Larry J. McKinney Fund for Civic Education was started by the Indiana Bar Foundation to support civic educations programs like We the People and Indiana Mock Trial. McKinney, who died suddenly in September 2017, was a strong advocate for teaching students about the Constitution and democracy. He often attended We the People and mock trial competitions and even held a naturalization ceremony during the    Read more >

In the Age of Trump, Civics Courses Make a Comeback


MAMARONECK, N.Y. — It’s just after 7 on a Thursday morning and Mamaroneck High School is empty — except for about 30 freshmen who are already seated in their classroom, laptops in front of them. They are finishing the first year of a new initiative: a four-year program called Original Civic Research and Action, which requires them to immerse themselves in the workings of their town of Mamaroneck — just north of New York City — and find a useful solution to an ongoing problem. The project — for which students get no school credit in the first year — is the brainchild of Joseph Liberti, a longtime government and history teacher at    Read more >

Staples High School Students Bond in the Nation's Capital


As the Staples High School “We The People” A.P Government classes left Westport on April 27, the students felt relieved and accomplished at the culmination of a full semester of preparation work. They traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete within a pool of over 110 students from 52 high schools across the country. “At the competition, the judges test our knowledge of the constitution and U.S. government as a whole,” Cecilia Adams ’19 said. “We first competed at the state level, and then moved on to nationals.” The trip included five days in Washington D.C. where the class was given the opportunity to tour the nation’s    Read more >

101 ‘champions’ at Easthampton High School embark on next adventure


Easthampton High School graduated 101 “champions” on Friday evening, who were praised not just for their talent, wits and accomplishments, but also for their youthful activism. After a warm welcome from Principal Kevin Burke, EHS English teacher Joan Bonsignore delivered the commencement address to the students she has taught and watched grow over the years. “I have seen a phenomenal amount of talent from such a small school,” Bonsignore said. “I’ve also seen something else: activism.” Bonsignore referenced a March walkout, when over a hundred Easthampton High School students walked out of school to honor victims of gun    Read more >

YMS, Ridgeline Compete at State Project Citizen Competition


For the first time, Yelm Middle School went to the state competition for Project Citizen on May 19. The students worked hard all year long to put together a qualifying project that they could present at the capitol building. “There were six schools in the entire state of Washington that made it to the state level,” said YMS history teacher Cody Colt. “Ridgeline (Middle School) sent two teams and Yelm Middle School sent one.” When results came in, YMS ended up taking an excellence award, as did one of the teams Ridgeline sent, Colt said. While they didn’t win, their projects were considered “excellent” by the judges. “The    Read more >

Mesquite Local News re We the People


I am a fifth grade teacher at J. L. Bowler Elementary School in Bunkerville. I am writing to express my appreciation for some of the amazing volunteers who have helped our students. Volunteers are critical to the success of two of our important programs, Give Me Liberty and We the People. Diane McClure is in charge of the Give Me Liberty program and she does a fantastic job of organizing the program and the volunteers’ schedules. We are so grateful for Diane and her hard work and dedication. Other regular Give Me Liberty volunteers this year were Mayo and Gayle Vitela, Patsy Junker, Carol Fuller, and Rebecca Hartley. Our students get    Read more >



HON. JAMES P. McGOVERN of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate a group of outstanding students from Auburn, Massachusetts. Students from Auburn High School's AP United States Government & Politics class traveled here to Washington, D.C. last month to take part in the ``We The People'' national finals competition. Hosted by the Center for Civic Education, this program teaches kids from across America about the importance of our founding principles. Now more than ever, we must teach our students about the    Read more >

Fifth-graders hold mock hearing as part of 'We the People' program


J. L. Bowler Elementary School fifth-grade students participated in a simulated congressional hearing May 11 as a part of the “We the People” program. “We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution” is a nationally acclaimed civic education program about the history and philosophy of the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Community leaders served as panels of judges and timekeepers before whom the students “testified” as expert witnesses. Serving as judges and timekeepers were: Adam Anderson, Patsy Junker, Darrell Ness, JoAnne Ness, Wally McClure, Diane McClure, Sharon Wakefield, Ivona Magoon, Merlin Hafen, Pat Anderson    Read more >

Cheyenne fifth-graders participate in “We the People”


Local students this week completed the first step in their journeys to becoming civic-minded U.S. citizens. Fifth-graders from 40 classes across Cheyenne participated in the annual “We the People” hearings Wednesday and Thursday at Cheyenne’s Meadowlark Elementary. The students demonstrated their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and its role in shaping the nation to volunteer judges from across the community. Mary Bravo, a fifth-grade teacher at Cheyenne’s Hobbs Elementary, helped organize the event. “As teachers, we’re shaping the future of our country with building our citizens that are going to go on to become our    Read more >

We the People: a preamble to civic engagement


For students in Cynthia Burgett’s civics classes, learning about the U.S. political system entails more than simply remembering the functions of the three branches of the federal government or memorizing the Bill of Rights. The Rachel Carson Middle School history and social studies teacher has incorporated the Center for Civic Education’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program into her curriculum for the past five years, and the results so far have been promising. Rachel Carson Middle School earned second place at the 2018 We the People Invitational held May 4 to 8 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg after    Read more >

MCA Wins National We the People Award


A middle school team from Milford Central Academy became the first team from Delaware in 31 years to win a unit award at the We the People National Invitational in Washington, DC. They are also the first middle school team from Delaware to attend the competition. “We the People is a type of debate competition based around a Mock Congressional Hearing,” Sam Holloway, advisor for the team, said. “The program itself is based around a civics and government curriculum where students learn the political theories our founding fathers used to draft the Constitution, the creation of our government, the past and current issues influenced by our    Read more >

Lake Mills City Council to Meet Tonight Regarding Project Citizen


The Lake Mills City Council will meet this evening beginning at 7pm by first holding a public hearing on an amendment of the current Fiscal Year budget. The council will then hear about two 7th grade project citizen classes on dog waste stations and the volleyball courts    Read more >

Incline Village ‘We the People’ team turns in strong performance in Washington DC


A group of 21 high school seniors recently returned from Washington D.C., where they finished 14th in a national competition testing, among other qualities, civic knowledge. The experience was "life changing." "It was honestly probably the most amazing experience I ever had. … There's really no words to describe it," said Haeden Suter, one of the students. Now nearing 20 years at Incline Village High School, the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" program has created scores of civic-minded young adults, while serving as a symbol of community strength. This year's We the People class embodied both of those elements: The 21    Read more >

Thanks from Project Citizen


FAIRBANKS — Project Citizen values the support from the Chena Hot Springs Resort Management Board, Bernie Karl, Connie Parks-Karl and Event Manager Teresa Bowman of our 2018 Regional Showcase. Community judges provided thoughtful, challenging feedback to public policy proposals addressing taxation, Wi-Fi safety, environment, recreation and nutrition. Teachers from Randy Smith Middle, Tanana Middle and Unalakleet’s Frank Degnan Middle Schools facilitated policy-related research: La Verne Hutto, Giaana Eckenweiler, Julie Eberhardt, Brad Webster and Royce England. Judges included middle school educators, UAF School of Education and CNSM    Read more >

A constitutional experience MSHS ‘We the People’ team competes in nationals


The “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team from Marquette Senior High School took part in simulated congressional hearings during the national finals, which took place in late April and earlier this month in Washington, D.C. The students got experience testifying as congressional “experts” before panels of judges acting as congressional committees, which scored the groups through a performance-based assessment. “The students all did a great job,” said MSHS social studies teacher Fred Cole, who also was the team’s coach. “They answered their questions well and received very positive feedback from their judges    Read more >

Rotary supports ‘We The People’ team


The Rotary Club of Marquette is supporting Marquette Senior High School’s “We The People” team which went to Washington, D.C., to compete with winners from other states as they propose solutions to political and social issues. Shown with past president Tim Glover are Ryan Glover, Ted Hoenke, Sydney Rehmann, Rachel Mellin and teacher Fred Cole    Read more >

Elm Place students take on brain injuries in sports during Project Citizen


A class of sixth graders at Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park had just wrapped up their presentations on brain injuries and school sports during a mock legislative hearing May 11. It was time to field questions from a panel that included the mayor, the incoming school superintendent, a psychologist and a former high school teacher and coach. “Some communities are moving away from tackle football for young kids and moving into flag football,” prefaced John Gorleski, a retired Highland Park High School teacher and basketball coach. “Some would argue that flag football doesn’t adequately prepare a kid for high school football,    Read more >

Maine South Constitution Team again places in top 10 at national finals


Maine South High School’s Constitution Team finished ninth in the nation during the 31st Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. The 2018 competition, held April 27 to May 1 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. and on Capitol Hill, drew students from 52 high schools across the country who demonstrated their understanding of the U.S. Constitution and government through participation in simulated congressional hearings. According to the Center for Civic Education, which holds the competition, students act as “constitutional experts” before panels of judges who “probe [their] depth of    Read more >

We the People: a history test for Anchorage Middle Schools


ANCHORAGE, AK Hundreds of Anchorage middle school students showed off their historical knowledge at the University of Anchorage, Alaska Friday. "We the People" is a national program teaching civic engagement to America's youth. Groups of four to five students present a historical topic to a panel of judges, and respond to a Q&A to further test their knowledge. Participants in today's invitational say knowing history is part of being an engaged citizen. "History is a really important part of the world,” Begich Middle School student Abby Burke said. “You're getting to know the history of our country which is really important because it    Read more >

YMS Students Receive City Support in Drug Awareness


On Tuesday, Yelm Middle School students gained the support of Yelm City Council through an official “Drug Awareness Day” proclamation to support their quest in tackling underage drug use through “Project Citizen.” Yelm Councilor Cody Colt, known as Mr. Colt to his seventh grade Washington State Government and History class at YMS, had his students find an issue in the Yelm community and develop a plan to address it. “They had to do all of the research on it themselves, they had to put teams together to come up with different ways of addressing this, they had to come up with a plan on how to solve this or create possible solutions    Read more >

Nature Park to get a makeover thanks to Madison High School Project Citizen


REXBURG – A Madison High School Project Citizen undertaking will spruce up the long neglected Nature Park. It all comes via efforts of high school students, Mallery Bailey, Kaylie Kirk, Sariah Owens, Katie Angell and Courtney Elliott, who suggest through their project, that the city may renovate the park at a cost of around jumi,500. In recent years, the park suffered from vandalism, pollution, overgrowth and neglect. At the behest of Mayor Jerry Merrill, the young women met with the city council on Wednesday where they presented several ways the park could be maintained on a continual basis. Earlier this month, Merrill had listened to the    Read more >

Tahoma takes 7th in the nation!


(In addition to the text below, there are four informative video interviews filmed by King 5 news with the Tahoma teacher and her students available via the link.) Tahoma High School from Maple Valley, WA competed in the 2018 National Finals where this year over 1,200 high students and 56 teachers participated in the 2018 We the People National Finals. Over 1,000 parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the accomplishments of the students from 56 communities from across the United States of America. Nearly [custom_code/display_rss_feed.php],000,000 were raised to ensure the success of this year's National Finals. The 31st We    Read more >

Milford High School Teacher Dave Alcox Describes the Impact of We the People


In this New Hampshire PBS video, Milford High School teacher Dave Alcox describes the impact of We the People, which "inspires children and gets them to think critically about government." Dave Alcox's interview begins at 0:8:36    Read more >

Riverside students finish study on Constitution with 'We the People' project


BASIN — On Thursday, the Riverside High School juniors completed their district assessment for government class with the “We The People” project. According to instructor Stuart DesRosier, the students were broken up into six possible groups including the philosophical basis of the U.S. Constitution, how the founders formed the Constitution and the compromises made at the Philadelphia Convention, how the Constitution has been changed to further the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, how the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices, what rights the Bill of Rights protect and what challenges face the Constitution    Read more >



RECOGNIZING THE BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST TEAM ______ HON. KEVIN YODER of kansas in the house of representatives Thursday, April 26, 2018 Mr. YODER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the team from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas that is representing our state this weekend at the 31st Annual We the People National Finals academic competition. The We the People program is a civics education course that teaches K-12 students around the    Read more >

EHS team tops in constitutional knowledge


EASTHAMPTON — A team of students from Easthampton High School competed in the “We the People” National Finals competition last weekend, winning a “best overall unit” award and schooling their competition on questions about the U.S. Constitution. “The whole point of the competition is to teach about civics and government in a fun and interesting way,” said student Shane Gravel. “I think it did exactly that.” The 21-student team won first place at the 2018 Massachusetts “We the People” academic contest, held in Boston at the end of January, which brought them to Washington to compete at the national level. From delving    Read more >

MSHS We The People team returns from Washington D.C.


Video Story on TV6 A group of students from Marquette senior high school recently returned from a trip to the nation’s capital. The student team spent their stay participating in a nationwide competition. We The People is a tournament that challenges students to their knowledge of the constitution. Students are questioned about government and law in front of a panel of state Supreme Court justices and chief justices. A.P. government teacher Fred Cole says the experience for the kids is indispensable. Photo courtesy: Fred Cole “They learn to do a lot of research, they learn to work on an answer collaboratively with other people,” says    Read more >



HON. RICHARD E. NEAL of massachusetts in the house of representatives Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mr. NEAL. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the students and advisors of Easthampton High School's `We The People' team for their hard work, dedication, and outstanding achievement. These individuals prevailed over a number of highly skilled competitors to earn first-place honors in the 2018 Massachusetts `We The People' academic contest at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston. They have accordingly earned the    Read more >

Tahoma students return from a national civics competition


A video story on K5 News celebrated students from Tahoma High School who represented the state of Washington in a national civics competition called We The People. The students earned 7th place in the nation    Read more >