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  • ‘We the People’ » The Sheridan Press
    I like Wyoming’s chances in the “We the People” competition later this month in Washington, D.C. The Sheridan High School team, some 23 students strong, had a dress rehearsal/fundraiser Wednesday night at Sheridan College. They will be representing the state of Wyoming against other ‘We the People’ teams across the U.S. These SHS students are sharp, clever and know their stuff. State Rep. John Patton asked some tough questions. Tyson Emborg, the team’s coach and sponsor, will be leading the trip and was the evening’s moderator. Emborg is one of those educators who ascend into the “my favorite/most influential teacher” status when graduates recall their school memories at reunions and socials; passionate, committed, challenging himself and his students to be at their best. Humor and wit, too. His students paid tribute to him for his guidance and long hours with the team, gifting him with bagels and fishing gear from the Fly Shop of the Bighorns.

  • The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham Pays Tribute to New Mexico We the People Classes
    Mr. Speaker: I rise today to honor 32 high school students from Highland High School and Moriarty High School that will represent New Mexico this month in the We the People National Finals, a three-day academic national civics competition on the U.S. Constitution. During the competition these exceptional students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional principles in simulated congressional hearings before panels of judges. The We The People program of constitutional study was initiated in 1987 and since its inception more the 30 million students have benefited from the program. The program divides students into teams where they are able to learn together and challenge each other. Surveys have shown that these students are more civic minded, politically active and have a better understanding of how the government functions.

  • The Brown County Democrat - Brown County Indiana - VICTORY! Brown County Junior High We The People team wins second national championship
    The Brown County Junior High School We The People team retained its title as national champions in the four-day national civics contest that ended April 7. "I was holding my breath, but we did it. They're pretty pumped up," Coach Michael Potts said from Washington, D.C., as students screeched in the background. Competitors take part in mock Congressional hearings and are evaluated on their understanding of the Constitution and other founding American documents. The 24 eighth-graders competed against schools from across the country. "I'm feeling so ecstatic!" said student Leah Tucker. "I was confident from the beginning, but I got nervous in the finals." Teammate Elizabeth Moore was with her at the victory celebration. "It was a mix of emotions," Moore said. "I was kind of nervous, but also confident."

  • Early college students team up to take down underage drinking - CBS 5 - KPHO
    A group of ninth graders at the Early College High School are calling for a tougher penalty in their re-write the state's underage drinking law. It's more than a high school project, though. Their teacher says council is actually passing the policy along to state legislatures urging them to amend the current underage drinking law. The "Project Citizen" program run by the South Carolina Bar Association is a state competition in which students address a problem in their community. The students say Horry County is a hot spot for underage drinking because people travel here to party. So they are looking at what changes can be made to benefit the community. From there they come up with new policy based on their findings. The underage drinking problem in the community is something they all have experience with. The policy proposed by these students provides an option for the underage drinking to be penalized with community service.

  • Amador Valley High civics team honored for "We the People" win - ContraCostaTimes.com
    Amador Valley High School's civics team was honored in the state Senate Friday for winning the California "We the People" competition in which students simulate a Congressional hearing on the Constitution. Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-Hayward, presented a proclamation to the 24 seniors on the high school civics team. Amador Valley's team advances to a national competition this month in Washington, D.C. This will be the 13th time Amador Valley High has represented California in the national competition. Amador won the national title in 1995, and placed second in 2013 and four other times. Video of the State Senate presentation starts at 1:54:42: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1968.

  • Tucson Students Representing AZ in National Civics Competition - Arizona Public Media
    A group of students from Challenger Middle School is the only Arizona middle school team going to Washington April 4 to participate in the We The People National Competition. The event mimics a congressional hearing where students show off skills in law and civics in front of a panel of judges that ranges from constitutional scholars to sitting state Supreme Court justices. “I love it! This program helps so much with your self-esteem,” said Gabriela Jasso. “A year ago I would not have been able to answer these big questions, but now it’s so cool that I know this.” Students range from 10 to 14 years old and will have to answer questions about Supreme Court cases and constitutional law. “Once they sit on the panel that child is shuffled off and suddenly you have this articulate well-educated, confident, young citizen that will be a great contribution to our society,” said Norma Higuera-Trask, teacher at Challenger and coach of the We The People team.

  • Youth Days kick off in Tangier | Morocco World News
    The Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Center's Civitas International Programs partner in Morocco, organized a youth conference on political participation with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund.

  • Senator to Honor Amador Valley High Civics Team Pleasanton, CA Patch
    Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett will recognize the Amador Valley High School Competition Civics team for their first place finish at the “We the People” state competition on the California State Senate Floor this Friday, March 28, 2014. The Amador Valley High School civics team—consisting of 24 seniors—has advanced to the next level and will be competing in April for the “We the People” national title in Washington, D.C. This will be the 13th year that Amador Valley High School will be representing the State of California and competing for the national title. The Dons have previously placed second in the National Finals in 1996, 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2013 and won the national title in 1995. Please tune in to The California Channel (www.calchannel.com) to view the live webcast of the Senate Session on Friday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Kingston students demonstrate knowledge of U.S. Constitution »The Richmond Register
    Kingston Elementary students were tackling some “heady” topics Wednesday during the school’s fourth-annual “We the People” event for fifth-grade students, said Glenn Manns, Kentucky state coordinator for the nationwide program. “This exercise is not for the meek,” Manns said. Students, who have been studying constitutional democracy, were questioned by adult judges on historical and contemporary issues such as: • Should prayer be permitted in public schools? • When is it acceptable to limit religious beliefs? • How does the U.S. Constitution protect freedom of expression? • Do middle school dress codes violate freedom of expression? All 110 fifth-graders, dressed in professional attire, rotated between five different sessions in four classrooms. Manns, who judges a lot of “We the People” programs, in middle and high schools as well, said the Kingston fifth-graders’ performance Wednesday was “an outstanding example of what kids are capable of.”

  • Winchester News-Gazette: We the People program teaches eighth graders about Constitution
    Approximately 140 Driver Middle School eighth graders Thursday participated in We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, an instructional program on the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. After an intensive study of the Constitution, its background and how it works, students Thursday gave reports on various aspects of the United States' governing document. They also answered questions asked by community volunteers about how the Constitution works and its affect on their lives. The volunteers served as judges, hearing the reports, questioning students on their knowledge of the Constitution and rating classes according to how well they understood and presented the material. Awards were given to the top presentation groups at the program's conclusion. The We the People curriculum divides the study of the Constitution into six units focusing and various elements of the document and its importance.