January 13, 2014
We the People  

A government class from Granbury High School came home state champions from a competition on the United States Constitution on January 11, 2014, at the state capitol in Austin. It was the second year in a row for GHS to win the state contest.

Students, who are enrolled in a dual credit U.S. government class taught by Cindy Leatherman, were Austin Berry, Demi Bogan, Jessica Browning, Jaden Charbonnet, Chance Clyce, Summer Dawson, Ryan Garland, Jacob Garza, Alexandra Hammond, Hailey Hart, Abby Hartman, Kevin Horn, Courtney Howze, Chelsea Judge, Mitchell Knox, Justin Kochis, Mason Meek, Macaul Montgomery, Joel Reid, Ty Robertson, Randy Sillivent, Jordan Watson, Jack Wiley, and Guy Wright.

Three other students – Nate Colley, Hannah Hiler, and Maggie McKenna – are also part of the team but were unable to attend the state contest due to a soccer tournament in Abilene.

The contest is part of a program entitled We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, which promotes civic responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students.   The instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and helps them discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The culminating activity is the competition, which is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

We the People, a program formed in 1987 during the bicentennial of the Constitution, is an initiative of the Center for Civic Education. More than 28 million students and 90 thousand educators have participated in this innovative program.
The national finals in the Washington, D.C. area will be held April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and also in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

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