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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 >

A strong constitution: Kentucky students show what they know


How well do you know the U.S. Constitution? While most Americans comprehend that the Constitution protects their rights, few can readily cite the history, laws and politics that have shaped that document’s 27 amendments. But 126 Kentucky middle and high school students from six area schools who took part in We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution definitely know their Constitution and are adept at discussing its democratic principles. The Dec. 11 event, hosted by the McConnell Center, is a series of student presentations that simulate a congressional hearing. Community representatives who have expertise in law, history and/or    Read more >

Wando brings home gold to the Lowcountry in constitutional competition


Wando High School won its second We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Dec. 7 in Lexington. The first runner-up was River Bluff High School in Lexington. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges and is sponsored by the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. The team will now represent South Carolina in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. “This program allows students to learn more about the Constitution in a fun and competitive way,” said LRE director Cynthia Cothran. “    Read more >

Familiar names return to We the People winner circle


Hamilton County teams took home top honors in the Indiana We the People high school and middle school state finals held Sunday through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The first-place finishers now have the chance to compete for national titles. Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School placed first and second, respectively, in the high school state competition. Meanwhile, Fishers Junior High School captured first place in the middle school contest, continuing its streak of top finishes since 2016. Hamilton Southeastern will compete in the national We the People competition in Virginia in April 2019. Fishers Junior High School will    Read more >

Students show off knowledge of the Constitution; Thomas-Foundation awards ,000 to We the-People


These kids are all right, and probably know a lot more about the U.S. Constitution than you do. "Classical republicanism has its roots in Greek and Roman philosophy," Sheridan High School student Stephanie Gonda said during the annual "We the People" competition at the Ramkota Hotel on Tuesday. Fellow student David Wold added, "Cicero, a Roman scholar, said 'a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but cannot survive an enemy from within.'" And Taylor Katschke followed with, "Unifying the people of a nation under one banner, that of the common good, is the force that drives classical republicanism; whereas the natural rights    Read more >

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Arvin High School crowned 2018 We the People regional champs


Students from across Kern County put their knowledge of the United States Constitution to the test Saturday at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was the students from Arvin High School who were crowned 2018 We the People regional champions. With the win, Arvin High School will go on to represent Kern County in the state championships on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. Centennial High School finished as champions of the 23rd District, but were runners up to Arvin High School in overall scoring. Centennial High School still has a chance to earn a wildcard bid to participate in the state championships. Each team individually presented    Read more >

Joplin High School Constitution Team takes second at state competition


The Joplin High School Constitution Team has done all it can do. Now the waiting begins. The team finished second this week in the state-level Show Me the Constitution competition, held in Columbia. A win at state would have automatically qualified the team for a trip to the national We the People competition, but the possibility exists that its second-place showing will be good enough for an invite anyway, JHS teacher and team adviser William Keczkemethy said. Rather than wait, though, Keczkemethy and the team plan to celebrate their performance that was topped by only one other school in the entire state. Details are still being worked    Read more >

‘We The People’ pushes students to higher level


A new government class at Jasper High School offers students the chance to dive deeply into the U.S. Constitution and show off their knowledge in a statewide competition. The class, called We The People, is part of a nationwide program that covers the history and principles of the United States’ democratic republic. It’s a combination between a government class and an academic competition that places students in regional, state and national competitions. This is the first year JHS has offered the course, and the 10 students in the class already qualified for the state competition. They will compete in Indianapolis later this month.    Read more >

We the People Teacher Phil Dobbins recognized at WV Teacher of the Year Ceremony


West Virginia Teacher of the Year nominees from every county were honored at a gala at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the evening of September 12, 2018. Philip Dobbins, a 26-year veteran educator assigned to Clay County High School represented Clay County Schools. As part of this celebration, the West Virginia Teacher of the Year was announced by State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. Dobbins teaches Civics and Government classes at Clay County High School. He also teaches two advanced placement (AP) courses. His AP students boast one of the highest passing rates in the state on their AP exams. His AP Government and Politics course    Read more >

Student on a mission to boost CSUF voter registration


By Meghan Waymire Contributing columnist In my senior year of high school, I participated in We The People, a competitive program where students perform mock congressional hearings and are challenged with questions to test their critical thinking skills and knowledge on court cases, history, current events, the Constitution and more. Although I had always been intrigued by politics, We The People solidified that interest, taught me how to research and showed me just how important it was for people — especially young people — to get involved in the political process. Fast-forward to me falling in love with the environment at Cal State    Read more >

Constitution 101 is Positively Fort Wayne


With the General Election just a few months away, some residents are taking steps they feel will help them make more informed decisions at the polls. They're taking a class called Constitution 101 that is being offered at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. "My wife and I signed up so we could refresh our memories and get a better understanding of the laws," said 75-year old Randy Roberts. "Just to really find out what is going on and what are our leaders doing to us and for us." Reginald Blackmon also signed up for the adult only class. He did it to better understand the voting process and share that information with his    Read more >

Civics education belongs in all school grades


My position will be to encourage civic education for students throughout all grades. Most important, high school students can engage in civics through a program called “We the People.” This civics based program has been in existence since 1987. It is administered by the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, Calif., and locally by the N.H. Bar Association in Concord, N.H. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional    Read more >

Oak Grove Middle School Wins Civic Learning Award Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3893764#ixzz5O73fuDCl


Yearly, the California Department of Education acknowledges excellent public schools in California with the Civic Learning Award. Schools are awarded in one of three areas: Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. For the 2017-2018 school year, only one middle school in all of California was awarded the Civic Learning Award of Distinction, Oak Grove Middle School of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District. Oak Grove Middle School, located in rural Jamul of San Diego County, won the award based on their Constitution-themed curriculum which is a required part of Social Studies class. The award is also a reflection of other programs Oak Grove offers    Read more >

Bar Foundation to offer Constitution 101 course


The Allen County Bar Foundation is bringing back its Constitution 101 course ahead of the November midterm election. "With high-profile midterm elections happening in November, the value of civic literacy cannot be understated," Jim Fenton, attorney and foundation board president, said in a statement. "This course is presented without a political agenda or ideology. Adult learners will draw their conclusions after learning about the history and structure of the federal government in an engaging format." The foundation is partnering with the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne chapter, the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue    Read more >

BHSU waiving application fee for We the People and other students


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 >



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


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”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


(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


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


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 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


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.


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 >



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


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


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


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


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 >



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


“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


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


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


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


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.


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


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”


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


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 >