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.
The state contest, which featured teams from nine schools this year, is sponsored by the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas. As the fourth-place finisher, the GHS group just missed advancing to the final round.
Students taking part in the competition are enrolled in a dual credit U.S. government class taught by Cindy Leatherman. They are Tyler Adams, Priscilla Barajas, Josh Bickham, Amy Bowden, Rachel Brannon, Ryan Brigman, James Charbonnet, Amelia Cheney, Colton Cline, Ben Evart, Ty Featherston, Katlyn Ferguson, Rachel Ferrero, Kristen Finn, Morgan Franklin, Kaigen House, Catherine Matthews, Jared McDonald, Megan Moore, Zach Sillivent, Geordan Strain, Carlye Thornton, Brady Timmons, Shelby Tipton, Hunter Titus, and Courtney Wilson.
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.
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