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Glacier High School government students are headed to Washington, D.C. to share their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and the government at the We the People National Finals following a first-place finish at the state level. The 2019 state championship team includes Kamren Barkus, Marcus DeVries, Kyla Harris, Brooklyn Lamers, Andrew Lorenc, AJ Popp, Benjamin Schwaller, Donnie Simms, Logan Stencel, Lauren Stratton, Alexander White and Alyeska Zuckert. They will be among more than 1,200 students from around the U.S. competing at finals. The competition simulates a congressional hearing where students “testify as    Read more >

Congressperson Schrier Congratulates Tahoma High School


In this video clip Congressperson Kim Schrier congratulates a class from Tahoma High School and teacher Gretchen Wulfing for their excellence in the We the People competition, having won the Washington State Competition    Read more >

New bill aims to fund education programs in civics, law, and history


All eyes have been on the 2019 Nevada legislature and one of the hottest topics this session is education. Specifically, funding for programs that focus on civics, law, and history. Ads by ZEDO Back in February, Senate Bill 193 was first introduced to the Senate finance committee, which then held a hearing back in March. The committee received over twenty written testimonies from students, community members and teachers, in favor of the bill. S.B. 193 plans to allocate over 5,000 in funds to the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement. This will give funds to elementary, middle, and high school programs like We the People: The Citizen and    Read more >

Community First Award presented to We the People teacher


The Greater Maple valley Community Center hosted 145 guests at its annual Benefit Breakfast on March 21st, where Tahoma High School teacher Gretchen Wulfing and Johnsons Home & Garden were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community. Gretchen Wulfing has made a major impact on both the national and local levels. She wrote the community, domestic service policy for president George HW Bush. In addition, she rode in ambulances in New York at 2:00 AM helping get kids off the street, and met with chief executives to raise funds for the 1000 points of Light foundation, which she helped lead for President Bush. Locally she    Read more >

West Jordan Middle Wins First In We The People Competition


Civically active and knowledgeable West Jordan Middle School eighth-graders proved they are experts on the United States Constitution when they won First Place at the State “We the People” competition this February. “It’s not cliche when we say they know more [about the Constitution] than most of the general public,” said social studies teacher William Shields, who coached the 26 WJMS students who competed. Eighth-graders spent three months researching, learning, digesting and mastering material related to the Constitution, said Shields. Six teams were chosen to compete in state, each tackling a different topic. Each team member    Read more >

St. Charles civics team heads to finals


St. Charles High School will represent Maryland in the national We the People competition next month. The 17-member team will join the more than 1,200 students from 56 high schools around the country during the four-day competition held April 26-29 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. St. Charles social studies teachers Michael Colatruglio and Hayley Ressler coach the team made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Both teachers have attended summer trainings through the James Madison Legacy Project, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education where they learned how to implement the We the People curriculum into their    Read more >

Vote at 16? Seriously?


Everyone (especially Democrats) knows that most young people are hopeful and idealistic, but have very little in the way of experience and life skills that might make them better citizens. Of course, there are some exceptions, like the students of Natalie O’Brien’s freshman We the People course in North Smithfield, who learn civics on steroids. Personally, I’d let any of her students vote. At least they understand the process, and better than most adults, frankly. Many kids, however, may be clueless beyond social media rants, comic memes, and disinformation. Civics education is gone from most schools    Read more >

‘We the People’ fundraiser at Sidewinders Tuesday


JACKSON HOLE, WYO — The Jackson Hole High School We the People (BRONC LAW) team is partnering with Sidewinders Restaurant to raise funds for their trip to Washington, DC this April 26-30. You can help and you may not have to alter your routine one bit    Read more >



HON. DUSTY JOHNSON of south dakota in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Madam Speaker, it will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national ``We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution'' competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. ``It's commendable that you guys do this . . . . I think this will be a memorable experience for you,'' Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a    Read more >

Reno students fundraising to compete in Washington D.C.


Reno High School’s “We the People” team has spent hundreds of hours over the course of the school year studying and competing, and it’s all paying off. “Our students won the district competition in December, won the state competition in February, and now is going to Washington D.C. to represent the state of Nevada in the national finals,” says team advisor Richard Clark. Clark says “We the People” is a class that was created by congress in 1987 to provide more civic education in schools. Something Clark adds is important to teach the youth so they don’t fall into the hyper-partisan ways of today’s society. “This    Read more >

Class inspires Boonsboro High senior to 'take action'


Casey Mazzone of Hagerstown applied to colleges with strong biology programs. A course she is taking at Boonsboro High School caused the senior to have a change of heart and major. A student in the “Taking Informed Action” course with teacher Ashley Vascik this school year, 17-year-old Casey has discovered a passion for government. Now, her intended majors in college are political science and homeland security, which she will most likely study at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Vascik’s course includes preparation for the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition. Both of Casey’s older sisters    Read more >

Sky View/Green Canyon prepping for We The People nat'l competition


It’s 7:15 on a Friday morning, and laughter can be heard coming from an upstairs classroom at Green Canyon High School as members of the Sky View/Green Canyon combined We The People team study and collaborate together. The team was named Utah’s We The People State Champions on Feb. 14 and has the opportunity to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. “We ask them to come at 7 or 6:45 two days a week, and then they get to choose another day,” Sky View/Green Canyon We The People coach Andrea Thompson said. “A lot of them are here every single day.” × Students work in units where they broaden and    Read more >

Laurel High School students to travel to the We The People competition


Laurel High School’s We The People class has been invited to compete at the National Finals as a Wild Card after placing 2nd and 3rd at the State competition in Helena in January. The We The People competition is held to judge student’s knowledge of the philosophy, history and application of the US Constitution. Eleven students will be traveling to Washington, DC this April 26th through April 30th to compete against schools from all over the United States. Every year the sponsoring group, the Center for Civic Education, holds places in the National Competition for deserving schools    Read more >

We the People class headed to nationals


It’s been a staple of North Smithfield High School education since 2002, and this April, the students of Natalie O’Brien’s freshman We the People course will head to the national finals for the 13th year running. The class is an honors version of the freshman American Government course, fulfilling a school requirement for civics education. But it’s also a national competition, one that North Smithfield has excelled at on the state level since 2007. Students spend the first half of the year covering a typical civics curriculum, learning about the history of United States government and its implementation today. Beginning in December,    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. Mona Das (D-Kent) in recognition of the school’s 23rd state championship. “Every year, I’m impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the Tahoma High team and its coach, and their record of excellence,” Mullet said. “It’s great to see students excel in a program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy. The critical-thinking skills this program develops will serve them well in their academic career and in life.” “This is an amazing accomplishment    Read more >

MRHS and ‘We the People’


Twenty-two Monomoy Regional High School government students recently traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state “We the People” speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. The following students each won a unit award for their presentations: Hannah Mitchell, Robbie Sieger, Molly McKenna and Caroline Davock.    Read more >

‘We The People’ Westfield Students Take Part In Albany Competition


Despite being one of the smallest schools, to take part in the annual statewide “We the People” competition in Albany, Westfield Academy and Central School students not only became better acquainted with the U.S. Constitution, but received an award for their efforts. The WACS team, which was the only group from Western New York, place seventh out of nine schools and received a Unit 5 Presentation Award at the New York State competition on Jan. 12. The team from Half Hollow Hills won its second consecutive New York State Championship and will represent the state at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. WACS students, under the    Read more >

Vestavia Hills High School We the People Wins Big at State Championship


The We the People team at Vestavia Hills High School recently won first place in a state championship at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Teams were tested on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, giving presentations and answering questions from judges to showcase their depth of understanding of their presented topic. This is the second consecutive state title the team has earned, and it puts the team on track to compete at the national competition to be held later in the spring. Team members included Sam Swinson, Abby Ronson, Julia Holmes, Julia Stewart, Ellis Zhang, Walter Zhang, Boris Lu,    Read more >

Half Hollow Hills High School East wins 'We the People'


A 15-student team from Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills was named state champion in a competition that tests student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The competition, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” challenged teens to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles. They also defended positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues by participating in simulated congressional hearings and “testifying” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. This is the second consecutive year that a Half Hollow Hills East team has won the state title, school    Read more >

Jackson We the People wins state


Local students returned from Laramie last weekend as We the People state champions. We the People is a national civic education program with the goal of developing students to be educated, active citizens. It incorporates research, writing and critical thinking with a culminating performance assessment that measures understanding of concepts in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It has reached more than 30 million students and 90,000 teachers since its inception in 1987. While the Jackson team, also known as Bronc Law, has qualified for the state finals each of the last 5 years, this was its first state championship. The Jackson    Read more >

We the People State Finals Tests Laramie High School Student Constitutional Knowledge


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We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill to face off again at nationals


An old-fashioned Pleasanton rivalry will play out on a national stage when students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools head to Washington, D.C. in April for the We the People national finals. The long-running civics competition pits students’ knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and American government against each other in mock congressional hearings, testing their critical-thinking skills during the process as well. Both schools finished strong at the state competition on Feb. 2 in Sacramento, where Amador Valley won and Foothill team placed second. The victory automatically qualified Amador for nationals while second-place    Read more >

Easthampton H.S. students to take part in constitutional knowledge competition


EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - For the second year in a row, Easthampton High School students are going to the nation's capital to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Eighteen Easthampton High students will represent Massachusetts in a simulated congressional hearing competition for the "We the People" finals. It's part of the 32nd annual national competition held at the National Conference Center in Washington D.C. During the hearings, the students will testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees. They will test their knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply constitutional    Read more >

Monomoy Students Compete at We the People Competition


On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 22 Monomoy Regional High School government students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state "We the People" speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges, and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. Congratulations to all our students for their hard work, and especially to Unit 5 members for winning a unit award for their    Read more >

High School’s ‘We the People’ team today at courthouse


JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Late notice but Jackson Hole High School – We the People (Bronc Law) is happening soon at the Municipal Courtroom (Hansen Courthouse). Twenty-eight high school seniors from JHHS We the People team will be performing six presentations related to government, politics, and law. These topics are anchored in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Specific topics include everything from the Freedom of Speech and Immigration to the United States Congress and Supreme Court. We the People is a civic education program designed to foster well educated and active citizenship. Our Jackson Hole High    Read more >

Vestavia Hills High School state champions for We the People


Vestavia Hills High School represented the sixth congressional district at the We the People competition and won the state championship. VHHS competed against teams from three other congressional districts to win the championship. VHHS won all six units to take the championship. The state competition was held at Samford University at the Cumberland School of Law. Senior team members include: Julia Stewart, Sam Swinson, Ellis Zhang, Caroline Bass, Julia Holmes, Nikki Pedicord, Ritika Samant, Walter Zhang, Rohith Vuribindi, Rizwan Khan, Abby Ronson, Libby Jackson, Boris Lu and Sophie Borden. The coaches are Amy Maddox and Jane Schaefer. We    Read more >

THS We The People State of the Union Viewing Party


Tahoma High School’s We the People team will host a livestream viewing of the State of the Union address at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the performing arts center at THS. Students and community members are invited to attend this free viewing. “This is a nonpartisan event hosted by We the People students, who will model civil discourse as we bring together our community,” said Gretchen Wulfing, who advises Tahoma’s WTP team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the event end time depends on the length of the speech. Please note: Food and drinks are not allowed in the PAC    Read more >

Constitutional champions: EHS students win top honors at ‘We the People’ competition


Students from Easthampton High School and Williston Northampton School placed first and third, respectively, at last weekend’s “We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution” competition, which tests students on their U.S. civics and constitutional knowledge. Competing against seven other schools in the state finals on Saturday, EHS won for the second year in a row at the National Conference Center in Boston and earned a spot in the 32nd We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. from April 26-29. The program is organized by the non-profit Massachusetts Center for Civic Education (MACCE). “This program is so important    Read more >

20 years of representing SD at the national level Spearfish High School ‘We the People’ team wins state again


SPEARFISH — It will be the 20th time Spearfish High School will represent South Dakota at the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition this spring. The team won the state competition Thursday at Black Hills State University. “It’s commendable that you guys do this. … I think this will be a memorable experience for you,” Wes Brown, of the Vantage Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and support for issues facing communities, said. He thanked the students for their hard work, the judges for their time, and everyone involved for making the event possible. The We    Read more >

Tahoma’s We The People moves onto nationals, again


Tahoma High School’s We The People class won the Washington State 2019 Civics Championship for the 23rd year out of the 25 years the school has been competing in it. The competition took place Jan. 12, and now Tahoma will advance to compete at nationals in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. We The People is an advanced placement government class offered at Tahoma as part of the social studies requirement to graduate, according to Gretchen Wulfing, the educator who teaches the class. She said it is different from other classes because students learn how to apply the constitution to current events, civil discourse and how to work in    Read more >

Boonsboro High team taking constitutional knowledge to national competition again


As Boonsboro High School senior Karen Hosova gets closer to graduation, she is thinking about college and life beyond. She plans to study law, but first decided to learn as much as she could about her rights as an American citizen. Karen is one of 16 students on the school’s “We The People” team, which competes against other high schools across the state using their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Boonsboro won its ninth district competition in November and a fourth consecutive state title Jan. 10. It will vie for the top spot in the nation April 27 through May 1 in Leesburg, Va. “We just want to be more informed about what    Read more >

Half Hollow Hills "We The People" Team Wins Second Consecutive New York State Championship


The Half Hollow Hills High School East’s We The People team won their second consecutive New York State championship on January 12, 2019, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York City. The team will represent New York State at the National Finals on April 26-29, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and will compete against approximately 1,200 students from 56 high school classes in simulated congressional hearings. During a We The People competition, students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary    Read more >

Black River High School placed second in the state “We The People” civics competition on Jan. 11.


Black River High School students place second in the “We the People” state competition and is now fundraising for the national contest this spring in Washington, D.C. We the People is a national civics competition run by the nonprofit Center for Civic Education, with the goal of teaching civic competence and responsibility to upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. At “We The People competitions, students present speeches on constitutional issues before a panel of expert judges. They are then    Read more >

THS ‘We the People’ Win State Championship for the 10th Consecutive Year


Tahoma has won the Washington State Championship 11 out of the past 12 years. At We the People Nationals, Tahoma has made it into the elite Top Ten finals five of the last seven years. In the Top Ten round, Tahoma competes on Capitol Hill in storied hearing rooms such as the Ways and Means Committee. The Tahoma High School ‘We The People’ team has won the Washington State title 23 of the past 25 years. “These students have been working since June 2018; their awesome work ethic has been inspiring and their performance was exceptional,” says instructor Gretchen Wulfing, who has been teaching the ‘We The People’ team at Tahoma    Read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

‘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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >