April 30, 2014

We the People

The We the People team from Granbury High School traveled to Washington, D.C. for the national constitutional law competition on April 25-29, 2014, on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

The government class won the Texas state championship in the competition based on the United States Constitution in December. The students were among 56 teams taking part in the national contest.

Team members, who are enrolled in a dual credit U.S. government class led by GHS teacher Cindy Leatherman, are Demi Bogan, Jessica Browning, Jaden Charbonnet, Chance Clyce, Nate Colley, Summer Dawson, Ryan Garland, Jacob Garza, Alexandra Hammond, Hailey Hart, Abby Hartman, Hannah Hiler, Kevin Horn, Courtney Howze, Chelsea Judge, Mitchell Knox, Justin Kochis, Maggie McKenna, Mason Meek, Macaul Montgomery, Joel Reid, Ty Robertson, Randy Sillivent, Jack Wiley, and Guy Wright.

While in Washington, the group visited Arlington National Cemetery (including the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Robert E. Lee’s house), Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National Museum of American History, National World War II Memorial, Newseum, U.S. Capitol, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), U.S. Supreme Court, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and The White House.

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.