We the People News
  • We The People competition and other local photos - Herald Mail Media
    In the picture Smithsburg High School student Spencer Rubino, right, gestures while answering a question from the judges Wednesday morning during the 6th Congressional District Level Hearings of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition. Joining Rubino are fellow Smithsburg High School students Alessandra Vidal, left, and Sydny Boney, center.

  • Brown Co. Junior High 'We The People' Team Wins State Again - / Local
    The Brown County Junior High 'We the People' team has won the Indiana Bar Foundation's premiere civics competition, for middle school students, has won the state title again. The Brown County Democrat reports, now the team is in the process of fundraising so students can head to the national competition in Washington, D.C. The state finals took place Dec. 16 in Indianapolis. More than 297 middle school students in 13 teams testified in mock congressional hearings before a panel of judges that included lawyers, professors and members of the judiciary. Fishers Junior High School won second and Forest Ridge Academy from Schereville came in third place.

  • Local teams perform well in state civic competition
    Local teams performed well in the state We the People competition this week with Munster High School earning a 2nd place and Forest Ridge Academy in Schererville taking 3rd place in the middle school competition. Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, won the Indiana Bar Foundation’s premiere civic competition held Sunday through Tuesday and will represent the state in the national competition. More than 250 teens testified in mock congressional hearings before panels of volunteer judges Tuesday. Panels of judges,lawyers, professors and members of the judiciary, scored the competing teams. Charles Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, said Indiana students are an inspiration to the many adults who witness this competition. We The People is an educational model that teaches students in 5th, 8th and 12th grades about the U.S. Constitution. After a semester of study about American history and constitutional philosophy, as well as current events and court cases.

  • Trumbull debate team goes for national title - Connecticut Post
    For the fourth-straight year, Trumbull High School's We the People team has won gold in a statewide competition. The team is made up of Katie Boland's advanced placement government class, a group of 22 seniors who spent the fall becoming experts on constitutional issues. The contest, consisting of simulated congressional hearings, was held Monday at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Debated were such issues as classical Republicanism vs. natural rights, the Northwest Ordinance, which was the precursor to the Bill of Rights, and the political minefield of immigration. Now in its 28th year, the competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and Civics First. Frederick Tamarkin, 18, a member of the team, said We the People is more than a class or competition. "It is a passionate and personal presentation of how we believe our Constitution is living in each and every American citizen," Tamarkin said.

  • Boonsboro wins 'We the People' competition - Herald Mail Media
    Students from 6 high schools demonstrated their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday at Hagerstown Community College in the 6th Congressional District Level Hearings of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition. Judges asked students questions about the Constitution and different groups presented their interpretations of it. Leah Cadigan, 17, is a senior at Boonsboro High School, which won the competition. She said that she learned a lot about the Constitution that she didn't know before preparing for the competition. "I had always known that the Constitution was built for the people," she said. "It's a document for the average citizen, and I learned that within this document, within all these powers, the Constitution was built so that everyone could have the chance that they deserve."

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    Hats off to Malcolm Rivera, a 2013 graduate of Arvin High School and a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will enable him to double-major in medieval studies and political science with a minor in Latin. Malcolm was among the students who represented California at the 2013 National “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C.; he now attends UC Davis.

  • Senate president says funding for We the People will continue | The Indiana Lawyer
    Praising the We the People curriculum for instilling a sense of civic responsibility in the next generation, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long pledged that state funding for the program would continue. The Fort Wayne Republican made the promise during his keynote address at 2014 We the People state dinner Sunday at Union Station in Indianapolis. Held in conjunction with the We the People state competition, the dinner brought together the program’s supporters, which included members of the bench and bar, teachers, and elected officials. Long is credited with being instrumental in securing state money for the program when federal support evaporated as part of the demise of earmarks. Sunday evening Long said he has instructed Senate budget leaders to put a request in the governor’s budget for a We the People appropriation that matches the current appropriation of $300,000 per year.

  • Munster High School takes second place at We The People state finals
    Students from Munster High School earned second place Monday at the We The People state finals in Indianapolis, officials said. The Munster kids were among 250 teens to testify in mock congressional hearings before panels of volunteer judges during the civics competition Sunday and Monday, according to a news release. Munster was among five high schools that received top scores Monday in a competition about the U.S. Constitution and advanced to a third round of questions. The five were narrowed from a group of 12 schools. Cathedral High School in Indianapolis took first place in the state finals and will compete from April 24 to 27 in the We The People national finals in Washington, D.C. Fishers High School in Fishers, Ind., took third place in the state finals. We The People is an education model that teachers students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades about the U.S. Constitution.

  • Students prepare for We the People competition : Schererville Community News
    Forest Ridge middle school students won first place in the District 1 We the People competition at Indiana University Northwest and moved on to state competition this week in Indianapolis. They are among 11 teams competing at the middle-school level. Three of those teams are from District 1. Wilbur Wright Middle School students in Munster won second place and Willowcreek Middle School in Portage took third and also will compete at state. Munster High School is the only local high school competing at the state level in the high school division. The We the People competition is designed to enhance understanding of American history, culture and democracy. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in this innovative, rigorous course. The competition is sponsored in Indiana by the Indiana Bar Foundation.