May 04, 2015 / E-news
Grant High School of Portland, Oregon, placed first at the 28th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals, held April 24-27 at George Mason University and on Capitol Hill. Fifty-six classes from 43 states and the District of Columbia competed for the coveted national title.
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, in Richmond, Virginia, placed second and wildcard team Douglas S. Freeman High School from Henrico, Virginia, finished third. Eleven unit and regional awards were also presented, as well as awards for fourth through tenth place. This year, a special award commemorating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta was presented to Maggie L. Walker for their performance on a question about the Great Charter. A list of all the competition’s award winners can be found on the Center’s National Finals Awards page.
Students competed on Saturday and Sunday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, testifying before panels of judges during simulated congressional hearings designed to test their knowledge of the Constitution and the principles of American government. The top-ten schools after the first two days of competition moved on to the final day of simulated congressional hearings, held in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.
The Honorable Randall T. Shepard, retired Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and currently a senior judge for the Indiana Court of Appeals delivered the keynote address at the awards ceremony held at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia.
The competition’s results were announced before an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 1,500 students, teachers, parents, coordinators, volunteers, and supporters.
Results were simultaneously posted on the Center’s Facebook page and on @CivicEducation, the Center’s Twitter account, using hashtag #wtpfinals, which engaged students and supporters of We the People nationwide.
To find out how you can get your classroom involved in We the People, contact your state coordinator by visiting the Center’s State Programs page and click on your state. For more information about the program, visit the We the People website.