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Education must get students to operate in areas with potentially world-changing ideas From what I’ve read, it’s pretty clear that Nelson Mandela chose his words carefully. So when the late South African revolutionary and Nobel Laureate elected to equate education with weaponry, you had to figure he was onto something. “Education,” he said, “is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” America went back to school this month with its need to weaponize education more urgent than ever. In a country that always seems to know more and more about nothing but less and less about something, educators at all levels    Read more >

Acree Participates in Presidential Academy


Val Acree, Yorktown High School basketball coach and U.S. History teacher, was selected to attend the first ever Center for Civic Education’s Presidential Academy at Goucher College in Baltimore    Read more >

A true public education


To fully prepare students for life outside school, a curriculum of citizenship is essential Rebecca Reeder In 1996, I was a fifth grade teacher. I was invited to attend a rigorous summer institute for educators on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. This weeklong workshop used materials created by the Center for Civic Education and was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It sounded interesting to me, but a bit daunting and maybe a little stuffy. Thinking to myself, “I can leave if I don't like it; they can't make me stay,” I packed my bags and left for Bloomington to participate in my first We the People    Read more >



Today the Winchester Alumni Association continues its series of articles featuring graduates of the Winchester Schools. The purpose of the series is to inspire current students by highlighting former graduates who have made significant achievements in their personal and professional lives. There is an abundance of evidence that our local school experience has always provided the foundation for many who have gone on to excel professionally. Our graduates featured in these articles reflect great diversity in their professional accomplishments. However, each person has done something extraordinary in their lives. We describe this as the “wow    Read more >

Upcoming legal chess tournament sparks competition, promotes family connection, helps We the People


In a family friendly competition pitting plaintiffs' attorneys against defense attorneys, two Indianapolis law firms have come together to host a chess tournament to raise funds for civic education. The We the People White Knight Chess Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 26, but registration is already open. Hosted by Cohen & Malad and Barnes & Thornburg at the Indianapolis City Market, the fundraising event will allow opposing counsel to compete in a head-to-head chess tournament. Gabe Hawkins of Cohen & Malad said he first came up with the idea for the event after routinely running into lawyers while at his son’s chess tournaments.    Read more >

Marsiglia Institute of Justice accepting applications for a 12-week course on the Constitution


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana are accepting applications for the Fall 2019 class of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice. The institute presents a 12-week course on the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and amendments — with the aim of fostering civil discourse while educating citizens about the founding principles of our government. The institute is named in honor of the late Nancy M. Marsiglia, a New Orleans civic and political activist who also was an investor and co-owner of Gambit from 1991-95. The course consists of 12 two-hour sessions on Thursday evenings starting at 6    Read more >

Grant Constitution Team takes third in national competition


Grant High School’s constitution team placed third in the 2019 national competition titled We the People, which promotes knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Lincoln High’s team placed fourth in the event that draws teams from around the country to Washington, D.C. Grant’s teams, whose members study for the competition as an extracurricular activity, were the national winners in 2018, 2015 and 2013. Lincoln sent top teams in 2016, 2014, 2012 and three times in the 1990s. Both schools have often placed among the top 10 teams during the 30 years of the event, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Civic    Read more >

Torrington High School teacher wins Civics First award


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Georgetown University Research Team Holds Workshop in San Diego


Dr. Diana Owen, CCT student research assistants Katie Hartzell and Jenny Lee, and Maria Gallo of the Center for Civic Education led a workshop on “Educating High-Need Students for Citizenship” at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference in San Diego, California, on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The workshop discussed how the James Madison Legacy Project's (JMLP) professional development program empowers teachers to incorporate active learning pedagogies into civics and social studies classrooms and showcased research on the program. The JMLP is a program of the Center for Civic Education that provides professional    Read more >

Gannett Foundation awards ,000 to Nevada nonprofit that teaches civic engagement


A Northern Nevada organization dedicated to teaching students the value of civic engagement has been awarded ,000 from the Gannett Foundation's A Community Thrives grant program. The grant was awarded to the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement. The money will go toward growing the nonprofit's We the People program, which teaches Constitutional law, history and the concepts of the Constitution to fifth-grade, seventh-grade and high school-aged students through interactive curriculum. Roughly 70 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 45 high schools participate in the We the People program. Marc Picker, co-president of the Nevada Center    Read more >

Fifth-graders field questions at mock congressional hearing


If you’ve caught much C-SPAN in the last couple of years, this is probably a familiar scene: elected officials staring down fidgeting panelists, grilling them on what they know (or don’t know) about current affairs. But there’s no robotic smiling Mark Zuckerberg here. William Barr isn’t defending his presentation of the Mueller report. And, as eminently quotable as 10- and 11-year-olds are, there’s no moment quite as iconic as James Comey’s “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” This is a fifth-grade classroom at Tukes Valley Middle School. Things are much friendlier here. The Battle Ground middle school hosted its annual We the    Read more >



HON. DIANA DeGETTE of colorado in the house of representatives Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Ms. DeGETTE. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Denver East High School on its first-place finish in the 2019 national finals of the `We the People' competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. The students and teachers of the Denver East High School team should feel exceptionally proud of this outstanding achievement. After winning the Colorado statewide `We the People' competition, Denver East High School traveled here to Washington, D.C. where    Read more >

Easthampton grads advised, ‘Get up and do something’


To the 119 Easthampton High School graduates receiving their diplomas on Friday evening, class of 2019 valedictorian Shane Gravel shared some parting advice for his fellow classmates. “Don’t follow your dreams,” Gravel said, striking a practical yet humorous note. “If you are dreaming, you are probably sleeping, and if you are sleeping, you are probably not doing anything that’s getting you closer to achieving your goals … Rather, get up and do something – whether it’s simply making an action plan or doing something small, everything counts.” Graduates marched in front of the school clad in maroon caps and gowns, with    Read more >

Raatz serves as honorary judge for ‘We The People’ teams


State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond, seated center) serves as an honorary judge for Fishers High School’s “We The People” team at the Statehouse Thursday, May 30. “We The People” is a citizen and constitution program dedicated to educating students on the U.S. Constitution. Raatz and other state legislators served as honorary judges as the teams demonstrated a mock competition    Read more >

Trumbull 'We the People' Honored


From the Connecticut House Republicans: From the On the floor of the House of Representatives, State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) recognized the 'We the People' team from Trumbull High School for winning the State Championship on December 17th, 2018. This was Trumbull's 8th consecutive win and 24th overall since the program started in 1987. On April 26th – April 30th, the 'We the People' team won the Northeast Regional Award at Nationals and placed 12th in the country at the national competition in the National Conference Center in Leesburg Virginia. The Trumbull Delegation presented each team    Read more >

Teach History's Tough Lessons


"In this period, the head and body of Monsieur Foulon are introduced in triumph, the head on a pike, the body dragged naked on the earth," reads the diary of Gouverneur Morris, later the U.S. minister to France, after witnessing mob violence in 1789 Paris. "[T]his horrible exhibition is carried through the different streets Gracious God! What a people!" May marks the French Revolution's 230th anniversary. It began with optimistic Age of Enlightenment slogans about “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité,” before quickly degenerating into the darkened recesses of human nature. Tens of thousands of public beheadings and Maximilien Robespierre's    Read more >

Tyler Consolidated We the People student earns Kelly Memorial Scholarship


The recipient of the annual Adam R. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Award has been announced. Tyler Consolidated High School senior Emily Lancaster, daughter of Chandra and Jeff Lancaster of Middlebourne, plans to attend West Liberty University in the fall to pursue a degree in criminal justice. She plans to join the Marine Reserves her sophomore year and hopes to work in law enforcement after earning her degree. The 0 scholarship is annually given to a graduating senior from Tyler Consolidated in honor of the late Country Editor columnist Adam R. Kelly, who died in 1990 at the age of 65. The scholarship was established in June 1990. The    Read more >

Cheyenne fifth-graders talk civics at “We the People”


In October 1969, 14 African American football players were dismissed from the University of Wyoming football team for asking for permission to protest racism. The players, who came to be known as “The Black 14,” wanted to wear black armbands during a game with Brigham Young University to protest a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ policy barring African Americans from the priesthood. BYU is operated by the LDS Church. The decision of then-coach Lloyd Eaton, supported by the university’s board of trustees, led to a lengthy court case, Williams v. Eaton, that pitted free speech against separation of church and state. All    Read more >

Boonsboro Middle eighth-grader to represent county at national spelling bee


Yifan Zhang always considered himself an avid reader, but not a particularly good speller — at least not until he won the seventh-grade county spelling bee last year. “I kind of consider myself what I would call an ‘accidental speller,’” the Boonsboro Middle School eighth-grader said. “Since a very young age, I’ve had this habit of taking note of the sort of vocabulary that’s used in the literature that I read, which increasingly gets more difficult. So I feel like my ability to spell has progressed with my age.” In February, Yifan, 14, earned the title of Washington County’s top eighth-grade speller after beating 17    Read more >



HON. ERIC SWALWELL of California in the House of Representatives Friday, May 10, 2019 Mr. SWALWELL of California. Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize the students of Amador Valley High School (AVHS) in my congressional district, who competed in the national We the People competition held right here in Washington, D.C. I am proud to report that its We the People competition team took second place out of 56 participating groups. The We the People competition is held annually. Teams come to Washington, D.C. to compete in mock congressional hearings that test the high school students' knowledge of U.S.    Read more >

For the Seventh Straight Year


For the seventh straight year, the Hutchinson High School “We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution” team made it to nationals in Washington, D.C. The competition is a rigorous academic program, which requires analytical skills and the application of constitutional principles and history to contemporary situations through mock Congressional hearings. Hutchinson’s team of 25 students was among 1,200 students competing from 48 states and the District of Columbia    Read more >

Share May 7, 2019 Miami Lakes Middle School students win national competition in Washington, D.C.


In both a video story and a written one, Channel 7 in Miami reported: A group of South Florida students returned home as national champions after they won a competition in Washington, D.C. The young scholars from Miami Lakes Middle School are now national first place winners after they won the We the People National Invitational, Monday. “They have to know Supreme Court cases, they have to know documents, they have to know current events and how they relate to the Constitution, so there’s a lot of law that they must be aware of,” said teacher Lisa Deyarza. This is not the team’s first win, as they have won multiple competitions    Read more >

We the Young People


Frisco ISD -TV produced a segment showcasing We the People/JMLP hearings    Read more >

We the People team wins ninth in nation


Tahoma High School’s storied We the People program this week added another top 10 finish to their belt, bringing home ninth place in the nation from the capitol. “Tahoma’s We the People Constitutional Warriors did a fantastic job of representing Washington state at We the People Nationals in Washington, D.C. Their performance was absolutely outstanding, as they connected the founding principles of our democracy to current events,” adviser Gretchen Wulfing said. “These students articulated their answers to very aggressive, challenging questions with brilliance and heart. Their passion for our founding documents is inspiring. Under    Read more >

Douglas Freeman High School students finish sixth in national competition


ABC 8 News reported that students at Douglas Freeman High School placed sixth at the national "We The People" competition in Washington, D.C. The "We The People" program focuses on American history, the United States Constitution and the American legal system. At the national finals, the 24 seniors competed as a wild card team in three days of simulated congressional hearings. The students ultimately advanced into the top ten and later finished sixth    Read more >

Boonsboro Middle tops 'We The People' district competition


Although they are several years away from voting age, E. Russell Hicks Middle School eighth-graders Eva Jovel, Lakin Wright, Ethan VanMeter and Lydia McFarland know their rights. “We need to know what rights are being protected and have informed opinions,” Eva said. As part of their school’s “We The People” team, the students studied the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and other documents to get a handle on how and why the United States’ government was designed the way it was. They competed against teams from four other Washington County Public Schools Wednesday for the district middle school title, coming in    Read more >

Amador Valley finishes second in nation at We the People finals


Amador Valley High School is celebrating another strong performance at the We the People civics competition national finals in Washington, D.C. The highly decorated Dons team placed second nationwide for 2019 last weekend after sweeping the state championship in February. The Foothill High School team, which finished second at state, also qualified for nationals but was eliminated in an earlier round in D.C. "This team did such a terrific job in an incredibly competitive year," Amador coach Stacey Sklar said. "I am very proud of their hard work." Amador interim principal Nimarta Grewal echoed Sklar's remarks. "The entire Amador community    Read more >

Team from Denver’s East High School wins national We the People civics competition


A team from Denver’s East High School took first place this week in the nationwide We the People civics competition in Washington, D.C. The competition started April 26 and ended Monday. Students “testified” in a mock congressional hearing and answered judges’ questions about their knowledge of the Constitution, such as how the Founding Fathers limited majority rule and how the Supreme Court arrived at the idea of a right to privacy. Teams had to win at the state level to advance, though some states, including Colorado, sent a second team that qualified for a wild-card spot. The competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic    Read more >

Black River finishes top 10 in national civics competition


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its second year of competing in the We the People civic competition, Black River Public School placed tenth out of 56 teams at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Black River High School students took second in the statewide competition on Jan. 11 and raised money to travel to the national contest April 26-30 at the nation’s capital. We the People is a national civics competition run by the nonprofit Center for Civic Education. At We the People competitions, students give speeches on constitutional issues to a panel of judges and are scored on their ability to answer follow-up questions. Students are prompted    Read more >

Ten High Schools Advance To Championship Round Of National Competition On Constitution And Bill Of Rights


WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Schools from California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia and Washington are advancing to the championship round of the 2019 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Monday, April 29. Ten classes will vie for first place in the academic competition, where students demonstrate their constitutional knowledge during simulated congressional hearings. The championship round will take place in congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. The competition schedule is provided below. Nearly 1,300 high school students from 44 states have gathered in Washington, D.C., to    Read more >



HON. RICHARD E. NEAL of massachusetts in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Mr. NEAL. Madam 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 Massachusetts `We The People' academic contest for the second year in a row. They have accordingly earned    Read more >



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 >