We the People News
  • The Courier » WITH VIDEO: Students protest low voter turnout
    A group of Findlay High School students who waved signs high in the air as they rallied in front of the Hancock County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon say the low voter turnout in Hancock County during the May primary election sparked the idea. “We feel this is a real tragedy,” senior Timothy Polelle said of the less than 13 percent voter turnout earlier this month. The We the People civics team at the high school rallied in front of the courthouse and handed out voter registration forms as well as informational brochures about the history of voting and statistics of voter turnout, not only in Hancock County, but across the country. Polelle said his government class was assigned a “make a difference project” and chose voter turnout awareness after the results of the primary election. “Even in places like Hancock County, Flag City USA fails to have a high voter turnout,” Polelle said.“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a say in government.”

  • EGR's We the People team represents Michigan well at nationals |
    East Grand Rapids High School, representing Michigan, finished eighth in the nation at the annual "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" national finals competition. Placing in the top 10 teams gave the East Grand Rapids students the opportunity to compete the final day on Capitol Hill. The team of 31 juniors and seniors from East Grand Rapids High School spent the past year studying core democratic texts, theories and history to prepare for the national competition. The team was led by coach Janice Yates, assistant coach Alex Constantelos, and student coaches from the previous year's team. "This is a life-changing experience," said Yates. "I was blown away by the poise and articulate responses given by our students. They represented the State of Michigan extraordinarily well."

  • Carl Hayes Explains Why "We the People" Civics Contest is a Good Bet | Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
    n a recent IndyStar article, firm partner Carl Hayes discussed the We the People program as teams from Cathedral High School and Munster High School prepared to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. More than 6,000 Hoosier students participate in We the People, which is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation. Hayes is a member of the board of the Indiana Bar Foundation and serves as the chair of its Development and Communications committee; he also is a regular We the People volunteer. We the People puts the “rounded” in a well-rounded education. The curriculum grounds students in the nation’s foundational documents, theories and people; the competition demands they apply that knowledge persuasively. “It’s not enough to know what the Three-fifths Compromise is, they have to understand it in context,” Hayes said. “They learn to think about the ‘why’ — why things are important and not just the facts.”

  • Laurel 'We the People' team got great support Billings Gazette
    On behalf of the "We the People" state champions and Montana representatives at nationals, thank you to the local businesses, local organizations and local people of Yellowstone County. By helping us pay the fees to travel and stay in D.C., you not only assisted in plane ticket costs, but you supported something greater. You supported the upcoming generation. Laurel's "We the People" team of 26 represents the next voters, congressmen, senators and active citizens in American government. The passion for American government is something we will feel for the rest of our lives, and while our teacher may have planted the seed, you watered and gave it the sunshine needed to grow. This opportunity was truly once in a lifetime, and you made it possible. Thank you to all who opened their door to some funny looking kids asking for money. Thank you to every individual or organization that sent donations to Laurel High School. Thank you to the businesses that promoted us and made our cause known.

  • Munster We the People team places 10th in nation
    Creating the U.S. Constitution in the late 1780s brought together many talents, teamwork and support from people in diverse communities. That same combination helped Munster High School’s 22-member We the People team place 10th in the nation at the 28th annual finals last month at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and in Washington, D.C., said Michael Gordon, a government teacher at Munster High and the team's coach for the past 12 years. “We have this unbelievable community support,” Gordon said. “Lawyers, professionals and parents, some of them alumni from past teams, volunteer and come back year after year to work with the students.” Those We the People alumni include MHS seniors who were members of last year’s team as juniors. “They only get to do this once,” Gordon said. “They’re not allowed to return, so as many students as possible have a chance (to be part of the team). There is something unbelievably important and special about these kids.”

  • Tahoma HS students place at national We The People competition KING TV
    KING TV reports on the success of Tahoma High School students who have mastered constitution theory and history and have just returned from a national competition putting their knowledge of the Constitution to the test. The program is called We The People (WTP). It is similar to AP Government courses in most high school curriculums. WTP has been around since 1987. This year, a class of students from Tahoma High School placed fourth at nationals in Washington, DC. In simulated hearings, civics curriculum comes to life. Students are challenged with questions, and in answering them, they must apply the Constitution, Bill of Rights and current events. "By being able to discuss these issues, it got me very interested in what defines America," explained student Jayaran Ravi. WTP is proving successful at inspiring students to be active in the political process, according to educators. WTP teacher Gretchen Wulfing knows when kids are passionate about government, everyone benefits.

  • Senator Ayotte Hosts Milford High School Students for Lunch at U.S. Capitol
    U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte welcomed students from Milford High School to the nation's capital last week. The students were in Washington to compete in the 28th annual We the People National Finals, a competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Milford's team recently placed first in the New Hampshire state competition and won an award at the National Finals for the team's performance. On Thursday, Ayotte hosted the students and their advisor, Dave Alcox, for lunch in the U.S. Capitol and congratulated them on their success at the national competition. Senator Ayotte and the students also discussed the importance of public service. "I was delighted to congratulate Milford High's We the People team and welcome them to the U.S. Capitol, where we spent some time talking about their experiences and their future plans," said Ayotte. "Their outstanding success at the National Finals reflects their hard work and academic achievements."

  • Column: We the People
    State Delegate Kenneth Plum writes that “in Virginia there is a continuing stream of legislation that attempts to place the power of the states over that of the federal government. Recently I had the pleasure of discussing with a middle school class the meaning of “We the People.” I could not have been more impressed with their knowledge of history and constitutional law! This group of scholars at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax had won the middle school championship in a “We the People” competition by besting other teams from around the country. The competition is part of the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program” sponsored by the Center for Civic Education to promote civic competence and responsibility among middle and high school students. They had a clearer grasp of our history than I have found in some debate in the state legislature. Congratulations to teacher Cynthia Burgett and the students. They will make “We the People” a reality.”

  • THS We the People team places 4th at nationals - VOICE of the Valley Online News: News
    Tahoma High School finished fourth in the 28th-annual national finals of We the People, held in Washington, D.C. April 25-27.The team, representing Washington state, qualified for the Top 10 and posted the highest finish in school and state history. Tahoma has advanced teams to the top 10 three times. Congratulations to coach Gretchen Wulfing and these outstanding Constitutional scholars! Tahoma's team, made up of seniors, signed up last spring and have been working ever since to hone their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and American government. The competition is organized according to topic and the team breaks into smaller groups, called units, that focus on particular areas of the Constitution or governing philosophy. The units give formal presentations to a panel of judges and then answer questions that are scored by the panel.

  • Douglas Freeman H.S. places third nationally in constitutional competition | WRIC
    A group of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the We The People competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant, and the school’s third-place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history. “Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team. “I don’t think the team believed me at first that they could do this. It’s a testament to how hard they worked: the way they’ve invested and taken ownership of the team.