May 04, 2015 / 2015 National Invitational
Young constitutional scholars from seven middle schools and one high school participated in the Third Annual We the People National Invitational, held April 17-21 at George Mason University in Virginia. After three intense and inspiring days of competition, Rachel Carson Middle School of Herndon, Virginia, placed first in the middle school competition, Brown County Junior High School of Nashville, Indiana, finished second, and Inza R. Wood Middle School of Wilsonville, Oregon, was third. Unit 1 from Wauwatosa East High School of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, won the High School Unit Award.
The We the People National Invitational tested student knowledge of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of American government.
Nearly 200 students from Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Michigan, Virginia, and Wisconsin took part in the national event. Entire communities pitched in to help get the students to the National Invitational, which is held close to Washington, D.C. After competition hearings, students had the chance to explore the nation’s capitol, getting a tangible sense of the history and institutions they had been studying for many months.
At the competition, each class participates in six unit groups based on the units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook. Each unit deals with one aspect of American constitutionalism. Students are asked challenging questions about constitutional issues by a panel of expert judges made of accomplished scholars, attorneys, and public officials, among many others.
Both middle school and high school students competed in the National Invitational in separate divisions. Full results of the three days of competition can be found here: http://civiced.org/national-invitational-2015-results
If your middle or high school class is interested in participating in next year’s National Invitational, contact Erin Smith at the Center for Civic Education.