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

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

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

  • Brown Co. students prove themselves legal experts | WISH-TV
    When you think Brown County you think fall foliage, shopping and maybe fried biscuits dunked in apple butter. Junior high students are now adding legal experts to that list. Eighth graders in Mike Potts’ “We the People” class are headed to yet another national competition in Washington DC. “We the People” students study the U.S. Constitution. Then they get in front of a panel of judges made up of legal experts who hold mock congressional hearings. They are judged by how well they know the law. “We have to study a lot. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun,” student Caly Rice said. “It takes a lot of dedication, a lot of time to put in for speeches and follow-up questions,” student Josh Parry added. After winning a district competition, BCJHS students went on to win state. It’s their 5th year winning the state title. “Everybody always asks me how we win. I tell them hard work pays off. We outwork the competition,” teacher Mike Potts explained.

  • Marshwood High School seniors to compete in We the People finals
    A group of Marshwood High School seniors who won a state contest about the Constitution will be heading to Washington in April to represent the state of Maine in the National We the People competition. The program helps students understand the fundamental values and principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. “We hope members of the community and other friends of the students will see the unique educational benefit of having students not just learn about the constitution and our government, but also stand up and speak for these values,” said Matt Sanzone, social studies teacher. Grace Pouliot said the program “has given me the chance to take an in-depth look at the design of our nation. I see that the applications of We the People are everywhere.” Marshwood students agreed that this program has been a great addition to their education. Mia Donatello said “I’ve enjoyed this experience because it’s different from anything I’ve been able to do in my other classes.”

  • We the People students find the U.S. Constitution still going strong : Highland Community News
    I tell people that I am a terrible judge of content. Not entirely true, but I do have a problem ferreting out the truly great ones from those not-so-great. When I talked to Mike Gordon’s Munster High School We the People team a few weeks back, the reasons for my reticence became obvious. These kids know their material, the arguments and the counterarguments. Sitting down with them, I realized that they work well together, stay on task and are engaged in the learning process. Through 25 years of being associated with this program, it strikes me every time how interdisciplinary the program is, containing a little of everything that we want students to know. Adigya Mishra, a junior, handles the philosophical and moral aspects of the U.S. Constitution. He must stay engaged in current debates, not just those before the U.S. Supreme Court, but those bubbling to the surface. “If I want to stay engaged in the process, I must participate in it as well," he said.

  • Governor honors 'We the People' champs | New Hampshire Life & Culture
    Gov. Maggie Hassan visited the “We the People” team at Milford High School to present them with a governor’s citation for winning the New Hampshire “We the People” championship — making it a lucky 13 for Milford as champions. In a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, students chatted with Hassan about politics and the election process, as well as public and community service. The governor discussed issues and sought students’ opinions, such as how they felt about mandatory state community service with scholarship credits in exchange. Some students felt it was a good idea while others did not. The New Hampshire Bar Association, sponsor of We the People, says the instructional program enhances students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy while allowing students to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • ‘We the People’ team represents city, state - The Sheridan Press
    Sheridan High School’s ‘We the People’ team — Wyoming’s two-time defending champion — is off to Washington, D.C. for the national championship. It’ll be April 23 at George Mason University. The Tyson Enborg-coached team will compete on topics ranging from current issues to the Magna Carta and much more. They will be representing Sheridan and Wyoming to the rest of the country. That said, the team needs some financial help to get there. The number: $37,471. What’s impressive is how precise that number is. Not unlike a question in the competition, I’m thinking. The Sheridan Press will write a check in support. If you’d like to see the SHS “People” team’s dress rehearsal (I did last year and it’s a good evening out), it’s Monday, April 13, at the Inner Circle of the Sheridan Fulmer Public Library. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. (It’s also Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.) ••••• - See more at:

  • Bob Graham Education Center students raising money to attend Washington competition | Miami Herald Miami Herald
    Kaylen Grass was a self-described introvert last year when she began attending Bob Graham Education Center. “My first day of school I stuck my face in a book,” said eighth-grader Kaylen, as she stood before the Miami Lakes Council Tuesday night. “I wasn’t looking to talk to anyone, I was looking to mind my own business and to do good in school.” The 13-year-old was among several students from the school’s Civic Engagement Academy who spoke during the public comment portion of Tuesday night’s town council meeting, in hopes of convincing the council to help underwrite their trip to the third annual We the People National Invitational competition in Washington, D.C. “I’m not an introvert anymore, I don’t read that many books anymore, now I read more [of the] constitution and laws,” said Kaylen, an aspiring attorney, about how the academy has impacted her life. “It’s changed me as a person.”

  • Fundraising successful for Hartford students - Emporia Gazette: News
    Thanks to a lot of hard work and the generosity of the community the Hartford High School Government class will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime. In just a matter of weeks the class raised the $31,000 dollars needed to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the national “We the People” competition. “It has been truly amazing to experience, the outpouring of support in only three weeks,” Lewis Whitson, government teacher said. The class participated and placed second in the state “We the People” competition in Topeka. The contest is based on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. As part of the competition, students testify before a simulated congressional hearing. During the mock congressional hearings, the students are judged on a number of criteria. Those include understanding of the topic, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness and participation.