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BHSU waiving application fee for We the People and other students

07/15/2018

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

07/15/2018

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

07/11/2018

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

07/10/2018

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

06/14/2018

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

06/08/2018

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

06/06/2018

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

06/05/2018

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

06/02/2018

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

05/31/2018

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 >


CONGRATULATING A GROUP OF OUTSTANDING STUDENTS FROM AUBURN, MASSACHUSETTS

05/29/2018

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

05/28/2018

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”

05/26/2018

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

05/25/2018

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

05/22/2018

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

05/21/2018

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

05/18/2018

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 >


Rotary supports ‘We The People’ team

05/18/2018

The Rotary Club of Marquette is supporting Marquette Senior High School’s “We The People” team which went to Washington, D.C., to compete with winners from other states as they propose solutions to political and social issues. Shown with past president Tim Glover are Ryan Glover, Ted Hoenke, Sydney Rehmann, Rachel Mellin and teacher Fred Cole    Read more >


Maine South Constitution Team again places in top 10 at national finals

05/15/2018

Maine South High School’s Constitution Team finished ninth in the nation during the 31st Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. The 2018 competition, held April 27 to May 1 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. and on Capitol Hill, drew students from 52 high schools across the country who demonstrated their understanding of the U.S. Constitution and government through participation in simulated congressional hearings. According to the Center for Civic Education, which holds the competition, students act as “constitutional experts” before panels of judges who “probe [their] depth of    Read more >


We the People: a history test for Anchorage Middle Schools

05/12/2018

ANCHORAGE, AK Hundreds of Anchorage middle school students showed off their historical knowledge at the University of Anchorage, Alaska Friday. "We the People" is a national program teaching civic engagement to America's youth. Groups of four to five students present a historical topic to a panel of judges, and respond to a Q&A to further test their knowledge. Participants in today's invitational say knowing history is part of being an engaged citizen. "History is a really important part of the world,” Begich Middle School student Abby Burke said. “You're getting to know the history of our country which is really important because it    Read more >


Tahoma takes 7th in the nation!

05/07/2018

(In addition to the text below, there are four informative video interviews filmed by King 5 news with the Tahoma teacher and her students available via the link.) Tahoma High School from Maple Valley, WA competed in the 2018 National Finals where this year over 1,200 high students and 56 teachers participated in the 2018 We the People National Finals. Over 1,000 parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the accomplishments of the students from 56 communities from across the United States of America. Nearly [custom_code/display_rss_feed.php] [wtp],000,000 were raised to ensure the success of this year's National Finals. The 31st We    Read more >


Milford High School Teacher Dave Alcox Describes the Impact of We the People

05/07/2018

In this New Hampshire PBS video, Milford High School teacher Dave Alcox describes the impact of We the People, which "inspires children and gets them to think critically about government." Dave Alcox's interview begins at 0:8:36    Read more >


Riverside students finish study on Constitution with 'We the People' project

05/07/2018

BASIN — On Thursday, the Riverside High School juniors completed their district assessment for government class with the “We The People” project. According to instructor Stuart DesRosier, the students were broken up into six possible groups including the philosophical basis of the U.S. Constitution, how the founders formed the Constitution and the compromises made at the Philadelphia Convention, how the Constitution has been changed to further the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, how the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices, what rights the Bill of Rights protect and what challenges face the Constitution    Read more >


RECOGNIZING THE BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST WE THE PEOPLE TEAM IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

05/07/2018

RECOGNIZING THE BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST TEAM ______ HON. KEVIN YODER of kansas in the house of representatives Thursday, April 26, 2018 Mr. YODER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the team from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas that is representing our state this weekend at the 31st Annual We the People National Finals academic competition. The We the People program is a civics education course that teaches K-12 students around the    Read more >


EHS team tops in constitutional knowledge

05/07/2018

EASTHAMPTON — A team of students from Easthampton High School competed in the “We the People” National Finals competition last weekend, winning a “best overall unit” award and schooling their competition on questions about the U.S. Constitution. “The whole point of the competition is to teach about civics and government in a fun and interesting way,” said student Shane Gravel. “I think it did exactly that.” The 21-student team won first place at the 2018 Massachusetts “We the People” academic contest, held in Boston at the end of January, which brought them to Washington to compete at the national level. From delving    Read more >


MSHS We The People team returns from Washington D.C.

05/04/2018

Video Story on TV6 A group of students from Marquette senior high school recently returned from a trip to the nation’s capital. The student team spent their stay participating in a nationwide competition. We The People is a tournament that challenges students to their knowledge of the constitution. Students are questioned about government and law in front of a panel of state Supreme Court justices and chief justices. A.P. government teacher Fred Cole says the experience for the kids is indispensable. Photo courtesy: Fred Cole “They learn to do a lot of research, they learn to work on an answer collaboratively with other people,” says    Read more >


Congressional Statement IN RECOGNITION OF EASTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL'S `WE THE PEOPLE' TEAM

05/03/2018

HON. RICHARD E. NEAL of massachusetts in the house of representatives Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mr. NEAL. Mr. 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 2018 Massachusetts `We The People' academic contest at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston. They have accordingly earned the    Read more >


Tahoma students return from a national civics competition

05/03/2018

A video story on K5 News celebrated students from Tahoma High School who represented the state of Washington in a national civics competition called We The People. The students earned 7th place in the nation    Read more >


They're the people: Laurel students take regional award in national civics competition

05/03/2018

Video Story Honors students from Laurel High School brought home hardware Tuesday night from a national civics competition in Washington D.C. The honors civics class has been preparing for the "We the People" competition since school started in August. The competition centers around different aspects of the U.S. Constitution, including political history and current application. The group of 15 students from Laurel split into six groups, all with a different focus on the Constitution. They first had to present their arguments, then take unscripted questions from a panel of judges. Fifty-two teams were invited to compete, and Montana took the    Read more >


Laurel High School wins regional award at We The People National Finals 2018

05/03/2018

Video Story After months of continuous studying, the Laurel High school honors civics class can call themselves champions. This is the first time Montana took first place in the "We The People" National Finals 2018. Students prepare 4 minute responses to a wide range of questions which cover topics on the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. "So one of our questions was about George Washington and what he would think about globalization today, as he thought we shouldn't be too spread out in our country," said senior Cassidy Vandervoort Mr. Lee Deming honors civic class took first in region 2 which covers over 10 states. "Hardest working group    Read more >


We the People: Foothill, Amador teams each make top four at nationals

05/02/2018

The competitive civics teams from Foothill and Amador Valley high schools each placed among the top four teams in the country at the national We the People competition in Washington D.C. over the weekend. The two We the People teams went head-to-head throughout the school year, and both advanced to nationals after Amador won the state contest while second-place Foothill was chosen as a wild-card selection to also compete in D.C., marking the first time both Pleasanton schools qualified for nationals in the same year. At the national level competition over the weekend, Foothill took second place and Amador fourth, out of a pool of 52 teams    Read more >


RECOGNIZING THE 2018 VALLEY VIEW WE THE PEOPLE TEAM

05/02/2018

in the house of representatives Thursday, April 26, 2018 Mr. CRAWFORD. Mr. Speaker, on Friday, 21 students from Valley View High School in my hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas will arrive in our Nation's Capital to compete in the We the People National Competition. For the better part of the past school year, these impressive students have given up their free time to study our Nation's constitutional democracy and thoroughly examine the history and principles of the Republic. This weekend, they will put their knowledge to the ultimate test here in Washington. They will compete in a simulated Congressional    Read more >


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

04/30/2018

Schools from California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin are advancing to the championship round of the 2018 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Monday, April 30. 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    Read more >


Kentucky We the People Class is Lauded by their Member of Congress

04/27/2018

RECOGNIZING HIGHLANDS HIGH SCHOOL The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Massie) for 5 minutes. Mr. MASSIE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize outstanding students in my district from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas. These exceptional students competed in the ``We the People'' State- level competition, and they will represent our State at the national competition here in D.C. this weekend. This is their 15th State championship win. The ``We the People'' program is directed by the Center for Civic Education, and its goal is to increase students' knowledge of constitutional history    Read more >


Sanford Middle School's We The People team heads to National Finals Program teaches students about democracy, politics

04/27/2018

Some students are learning more about our government and Constitution in an interactive and competitive way. This year, the highly successful We The People team from Sanford Middle School is ranked second in the state, and now, the group is headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend to represent Florida in the national finals. Having competed at the state level for the past four years, this will be the first national competition for the We The People team. The team uses its club period each week to meet in groups and go over topics ranging from the definition of democracy, the Supreme Court and the First Amendment. Whether they go on to    Read more >


We the People: Kingston Elementary hosts simulated congressional hearing

04/21/2018

Dissected and defended, the United States Constitution was explained and interpreted Thursday during Kingston Elementary School’s “We the People” simulated Congressional hearing. Students, dressed for success, readily defended their interpretations of the Constitution while competing in panels scored by two to three of the 11 community professionals serving as judges. Approximately 85 young citizens took part and gave a short prepared speech, then answered questions provided by judges for seven minutes. Students were required to back all opinions using the Constitution. Of the five units covered, students spoke on government    Read more >


Students pick politics over prom

04/16/2018

The St Joseph-Ogden High School constitution team is missing prom for a chance to speak on Capitol Hill. (There is an extensive video report with interviews of the teacher, Marshall Schacht, and some students from the class.) They're heading to D.C. for the national finals in a competition called We the People. It puts students through the ringer of a mock congressional hearing. The top ten teams advance to the final round on Capitol Hill. The competition is April 27 - May 1. Saint Joseph-Ogden's prom is April 28. Students on the team say skipping prom is an easy choice because this opportunity is so unique. Their teacher says he's proud    Read more >


MSHS We the People fundraiser is Saturday

04/14/2018

Marquette Senior High School's "We the People" team is headed to the National finals in Washington D.C. But the team needs financial support to make sure all 30 members of the team are able to attend. To help with the trip, the team will be participating in a few fundraisers. "They learn so much participating in this," said Fred Cole, Teacher at Marquette Senior High School. "There's a lot of research skills preparing the answers, there's writing, there's group collaboration, presentation and interviewing skills because it's essentially a group interview in front of a panel." Find out more about We the People and the National Finals at: http    Read more >


Constitution based on ideas, not personalities

04/12/2018

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” So said James Madison (Federalist #51, Feb. 8, 1778.) Our system of government is unique and daring. In a recent Lunch with the League talk, Robert Leming clearly demonstrated how the understanding the Constitution — its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today — is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader or citizen. Leming is national director of the “We the People Program” for the Center for Civic Education and Professor of Graduate Studies at Kansas State University. Leming has put together an adult    Read more >


We The People Alaska Middle School Invitational Competition

04/02/2018

The article shows pictures of the enthusiastic Middle School Competition with extensive captions for each of the pictures    Read more >


League welcomes speaker on the Constitution

04/02/2018

“Constitution 101” will be the topic presented by Robert Leming, at the Monday, April 2 Lunch with the League to be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 212 South Green Street, noon to 1 pm. Leming is National Director of the “We the People Program” for the Center for Civic Education and Professor of Graduate Studies at Kansas State University. Understanding the Constitution—its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today—is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader or citizen. Leming teaches an in-depth six-part course beginning with the Constitution’s    Read more >


Judge Fleck honored for her service with We the People and other programs

03/31/2018

About to welcome this year’s students to the state competition of We the People, Judge Deborah D. Fleck, ret. (J. Fleck) was given the Center for Civic Education’s “2018 Civic Virtue Award    Read more >


MSHS We the People team holding fundraisers for national finals costs

03/31/2018

Marquette Senior High School's "We the People" team is headed to National finals in Washington D.C. but needs financial support to make sure all 30 members of the team are able to attend. The total cost for registration, travel, and lodging for the team is , 273; which equates to about 36 per student. The goal is for all students to attend the finals at no cost. One way to support the team is to grab some groceries from Super One Foods in Marquette on Saturday, March 30. Members of the group will be helping bag groceries for tips. On Saturday, April 14 the team will hold another fundraiser at Marquette Cinemas. The movie theatre is    Read more >


Community rallies behind Washington-bound Easthampton High School 'We the People' team

03/30/2018

Teacher Kelley Brown's history and politics students are not resting on their laurels after winning first-place honors in a statewide academic competition held at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Boston at the end of January. In fact, they are doubling down, studying hard, and bootstrapping their trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national 2018 "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition, set for April 27 to May 1. The 21 young scholars have been hitting the books and practicing while also trying to raise ,000 to fund their trip to the nation's capital. "Ms. Brown told us this is no time to gloat, that we've    Read more >


Trumbull High team takes home a win

03/28/2018

Trumbull High School brought home a top honor at the 21st Penn Model Congress competition, a first for the team which formed only four years ago. Trumbull’s Model Congress team has been attending the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress competition since spring 2015. But this year, competing against more than 700 students from around the country, the team was honored with the “Best Small Delegation Award,” along with several individual awards for students. The award is for school groups of fewer than 18 students. “It was honestly amazing. I've never been more proud of a group of students,” said Katie Boland, the team’s    Read more >


We The People class heads to Washington D.C.

03/27/2018

A group of four sits in front of a panel of judges. They answer questions that determine their fate going forward. Staples High School students competed in the We The People competition and were awarded the “wildcard” to move onto the national competition. In December, the class participated in the state-wide competition where students were asked to share their prepared responses as well as answer open ended questions with notes based on topics they had been preparing. There were six different groups from Staples and each group focused on a different unit. Staples placed in second behind Trumbull. The first place team automatically goes    Read more >


Congratulations to the Easthampton High School students who won the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in Boston

03/26/2018

Congratulations to the Easthampton High School students who won the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in Boston on Jan. 27, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. The 21-student team will compete in the national final in Washington, D.C., from April 27 to May 1. “We’re excited to represent Easthampton and the state,” said Kelley Brown, a history and government teacher who has organized a team for the past eight years at Easthampton High. The team prepares by studying classic cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, as well as contemporary ones like Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil    Read more >


We the People “Five-peat”

03/16/2018

When people think of the words “We the People,” many think of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. However, several Sheridan High School students think of the We the People club. Sheridan High School’s We the People club has recently won their fifth state title in a row and is preparing to go to regionals in Washington DC. We the People is a program around the United States that promotes civic knowledge and responsibility among high school students. The curriculum itself focuses mainly on the history and principles of the U.S. constitutional democratic republic. Each conference consists of students presenting their opinions    Read more >


Killian students demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. Constitution

03/13/2018

Miami Killian Senior High students demonstrated their knowledge of the principles that form the basis of our democracy by earning second place in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution district finals. The group of 22 juniors and seniors, led by social studies teacher Amy Lander-Rolon, recently competed with groups from other schools in the district by proving their comprehension of the United States Constitution. Lander-Rolon said the students were well-prepared and performed admirably. “You can see the progression in a lot of the students as their understanding and knowledge expands — their confidence and public    Read more >


Easthampton restaurant to host fundraiser for DC-bound 'We the People' team

03/10/2018

A group of young constitutional scholars will travel to Washington in April to compete head-to-head with students from around the country. Now a local Italian restaurant at 124 Cottage St. plans a fundraising dinner. On March 20, 10 percent of all proceeds at Nini's Ristorante will go to the students' travel fund. Easthampton High School's "We the People" team won first-place honors at an academic competition in Boston in January, besting top Massachusetts schools. They were invited to the nation's capital to represent the Bay State. "These young people are so incredibly knowledgeable about government and the Constitution," said teacher Kelly    Read more >


Maybe they ought to call WTP 'We the Informed Future Voters'

03/10/2018

Right smack in the middle of judging our local We the People competition I was informed that the man who inspired me to become a teacher had died. Everyone can name at least one great teacher in their education, and for me that was Gary Ovoian, my high school history teacher for four courses. Unfortunately, we can also all name at least one bad teacher. Mine was another social studies teacher, Mr. Ski Club Adviser (I can't recall his name). The teaching styles of these two men could not have been more different; Ski Club guy had us memorize facts, while Mr. Ovoian asked us to analyze and evaluate. I think that my love of asking "why" and "    Read more >


MSHS class prepares for national competition

03/09/2018

In this video news story Clara Smith says she's always had an interest in government and politics. She's a senior at Marquette Senior High School and she's part of the We The People team. "Our whole class is required to do called 'local hearings' where we just go to the Marquette Courthouse and I really enjoy that," said Smith. "It's a competition where the kids have to know and apply the history and the principles of the U.S. Constitution," said Fred Cole, We The People, coach. "They take huge legal and constitutional questions and have to give historic examples and apply it to current events." Clara is one of 30 students on the team that's    Read more >


MSHS “We the People” to compete in Nationals

03/06/2018

This story appeared on ABC 10 News Just last year, the Marquette Senior High School “We the People” team was competing for a national title in Washington, D.C. This year, expect nothing different. The team is heading back to the Nation’s capital for another chance at glory. Their third-place performance in January at the State Competition allowed them to take a wild card spot at Nationals. Then, all they had to do was wait. “We just had to be patient and wait about six weeks to get the word that we got the invite to the National Finals,” said teacher and team coach Fred Cole. “It’s pretty awesome. We’re really excited,” said    Read more >


Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?

03/03/2018

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas students-turned-activists are fast becoming a powerful model of civic engagement for educators across the country. Survivors of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have taken to social media and TV, arguing eloquently for gun-control policies—and citing skills garnered from their Advanced Placement U.S. Government courses. They have successfully pressured major companies to drop their affiliations with the National Rifle Association and spurred thousands of students nationwide to draft petitions, plan walkouts, and start grassroots groups of their own. Now the example of their activism, coupled with an    Read more >


‘An Evening with Alexander Hamilton’ at Incline High School

03/03/2018

"An Evening with Alexander Hamilton" will be presented 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Incline High School. Hal Bidlack, a historical impersonator and scholar, will appear in costume and character of Alexander Hamilton, offering the audience a unique opportunity. Co-sponsored by the Incline High School Boosters and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, this event is a fundraiser for the high school's We The People team. Along with the Reno High School team, the Incline High School team of 21 students will represent Nevada in the national We The People constitution debate competition in Washington D.C. in April    Read more >


‘We the People’ team aiming for DC

03/01/2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twenty-one local sophomores are self-proclaimed experts in the U.S. Constitution and they want to prove it in Washington, D.C., this spring. The “We the People” team, a group of high school students that competes in simulated congressional hearings at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, participated in the state competition for the first time last year. They brought home the title in December after competing against two other schools. In addition to class four times a week, the students practiced for hours outside of the classroom, honing their constitutional knowledge and public speaking skills. “People say    Read more >


Marquette Senior High School Going to Nationals

03/01/2018

The Marquette Senior High School We the People team has been invited to participate in the 31st annual We the People national finals on April 27-30 at the National Conference Center outside Washington, D.C. The team was selected based on its performance at the We the People state finals and will represent Michigan as a wild card team in the national competition. Classes qualify for the national finals by placing first in their state competition or through wild card availability. Marquette has become a fixture at the We the People state finals, finishing in the top three six of the last seven years. This will be the second consecutive year    Read more >


Milford Central Academy to Compete in National “We the People” Event

02/28/2018

When the team travels to Washington, DC, Milford Central Academy’s (MCA) “We the People” team will be the first middle school team to ever participate in the National Invitational. The team is led by MCA teacher Sam Holloway. “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution introduces middle school students to the study of constitutional government in the United States,” Chris Kenton, who helped lead a week-long training on the program two summers ago at Valley Forge, said. “It is designed to help middle school students understand he most important ideas of our constitutional system and how they were developed. It is intended to    Read more >


From the Juvenile Justice System to John Jay, Alumnus Hernan Carvente’s Impact is Far-Reaching

02/19/2018

Long before graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Hernan Carvente knew he wanted to dedicate his life to helping young people in prison. He was incarcerated at Brookwood Secure Center, a youth detention facility, when he was accepted to John Jay. “I wrote a letter to a friend saying I was going to John Jay to become an advocate,” he said. “I was going to help other guys get through what I went through myself.” After arriving on campus, Carvente realized that despite their clear passion for justice, many students had little interaction with people who’d been directly affected by the criminal justice    Read more >


KSU College of Education hosts 2018 ‘We the People’ state championships

02/19/2018

For two years in a row, Blue Valley Northwest High School has won the annual "We the People" state competition and will head to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. The Constitution was under no direct threat but the threat of a winter storm required organizers to reschedule the middle school competition to Feb. 25. The high schools competed on Feb. 6 in Manhattan as planned. Blue Valley Northwest High School, led by government and AP government teacher Ken Thomas, won the "We the People" competition. Emporia High School took second place, and Junction City High School placed third. Colman McCarthy with the Johnson County First    Read more >


We The People: Warren E. Burger Class Nomination

02/16/2018

Congratulations to the We The People Team!!! They have been selected to represent the State of Virginia in the 31st Annual We The People National Finals in Washington, DC in April. We the People Team will prepare for the National Finals Competition during 21st Century Learning Community Session after school, only. (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). To ensure that the students instructional time is not impeded upon as we move into the Spring SOL Testing Sessions    Read more >


Congressional Record: HONORING THE TRUMBULL HIGH SCHOOL WE THE PEOPLE TEAM'S SUCCESS

02/15/2018

HON. JAMES A. HIMES of connecticut in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Mr. HIMES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Trumbull High School's first place finish at Connecticut State University's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. Every year, thousands of high school students contend in state and national We the People competitions, in which participants explore and debate the origins and import of our nation's Constitution. Trumbull High School students have long excelled in this competition. Their victory    Read more >


Carolina Forest High School's We the People team shines at state competition

02/15/2018

What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? How has the Constitution been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence? How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices? Those are the headings of the three out of six units the Carolina Forest High School team aced at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Lexington, bringing CFHS in as first runner-up. AP government teacher and We the People coordinator JJ Iagulli’s team consisted of Ramy Alawar, Sandra Ataalla, Kareem Barbis,    Read more >


Wyoming Chief Justice Praises the We the People Program

02/15/2018

(Remarks begin at 1:11:00 of the recording) Chief Justice Burke began his State of the Judiciary address before the joint Session of the Legislature with praise for We the People. It was very thoughtful and he thanked Matt Strannigan for making the program possible. He spoke about We the People and what knowledgeable and informed citizens it creates    Read more >


Boonsboro High School senior excels in classroom, on basketball court

02/15/2018

Ellie Connelly is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court and in the classroom. The 17-year-old senior at Boonsboro High School is president of the National Honor Society and captain of the girls varsity basketball team. She's a coach with "We the People," a school program that helps students understand the Constitution, and also competes on the unified track and field team. "In my freshman year, I got so interested in everything and I wanted to do everything," Ellie said. "My mom said 'what would you do if you weren't so involved?' I said, 'I don't know what I would do with my time.'" Ellie's school week not only includes her    Read more >


Clay County High School's Government and Politics Class wins State Championship in “We the People” competition

02/15/2018

Congratulations to the West Virginia State “We the People” Champions. Clay County High School’s Advance Placement Government & Politics class, taught by Mr. Philip Dobbins, traveled to Charleston on February 1, 2018 to compete in the “We the People” state competition. This is a competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution and current issues in mock congressional style hearings. Each school participating must divide their classes into six teams. These six teams prepare a four-minute verbal response to a constitutional question and then are asked follow up questions by a team of three judges for six    Read more >


Amador, Foothill headed to 'We the People' national finals

02/15/2018

The competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are heading to Washington, D.C. in April, representing California for the "We the People" national finals. Amador won the state regionals while Foothill placed second in the same tournament, held in Bakersfield on Feb. 1-2. As the winner, Amador automatically earned a spot at the national competition, while Foothill was chosen as a wild-card selection to also compete in D.C. The finals will be held from April 27 to May 1. "We are extremely proud of our Amador and Foothill student competitors," Superintendent David Haglund said. "It almost goes without saying    Read more >


We the People: Pleasanton High Schools Heading to National Competition

02/15/2018

For the first time in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) history, both Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School competitive civics teams will represent California at the We the People National Finals in Washington D.C. At the We the People State Competition held on February 1-2, 2018 in Bakersfield, California, Amador Valley High School’s team finished in first place and Foothill’s team earned second place. As the first place team, Amador Valley High School earns a spot at the National Competition. On Friday, February 9, Foothill High School’s competitive civics team was announced as the ‘wild card’ selection,    Read more >


Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team

02/08/2018

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. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, in recognition of the school’s 22nd state championship. “Since I was elected in 2012, I’ve had the honor of introducing a resolution each year recognizing teams from Tahoma High,” Mullet said. “I’m continually impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm. This is a great program that increases civic participation and strengthens democracy, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.” The team will represent the state of Washington later this    Read more >


Black River students place second in state We the People civics competition

02/07/2018

Black River students placed second in the “We The People” civics state championship on Jan. 12. “We The People” is a competition run by the Center for Civic Education, which is dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries. The organization, with help from sponsors, runs state competitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Mariana Islands, as well as a national competition. During the competition, panels of students are tested on their knowledge of civics, law and politics    Read more >