Lincoln High School Students Place First in Nationwide Championship on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
April 30, 2012

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LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PLACE FIRST IN NATIONWIDE CHAMPIONSHIP
ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS

Washington, D.C. - After three days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Lincoln High School students captured first place at the 25th Anniversary We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

Tim Swinehart coaches the Lincoln High School class, whose members include: Avery Ballato, Catherine Barton, Marty Berger, Hallie Blashfield, Ryan Bloom, Danny Brillhart, John Carey, Julian Dann, Julia Eckelmann, Michael Field, Natina Gilbert, Nikhil Goyal, Kendra Hong, Robin Jayaswal, Katie Kelly, Sierra Killian, John Kim, Emma Lane, Duncan MacEachern, William Mao, Olnita Martini, Evan Neuhausen, Sara Newman, Vicki Niu, Sammy Purnell, Justin Richter, Beckett Rueda, Emma Simmons, Sage Smiley, Nita Sridharan, Eri Stern, Mara Strauss, Molly Walls, Carolyn Wheatley, Ajeya Woods, Cole Zollinger.

Classes representing 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands came to the nation's capital to participate in the academic competition. Lincoln High School of Portland, Oregon, won first place.

The competition results were announced at an awards ceremony Monday evening before an audience of more than 1,400 students, teachers, coordinators, judges and other program participants. 

[A LIST OF ALL TWENTY-TWO AWARD WINNERS FOLLOWS. PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT http://new.civiced.org/finals-2012-photos]

During the competition, students demonstrated their knowledge of the Constitution before simulated congressional committees made up of state supreme court judges, constitutional scholars, lawyers, public officials and We the People alumni. The first rounds of the hearings took place on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. Today, the top-10 schools competed in actual congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

The panel of judges tested the expertise of the classes on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence? How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices? What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect? and What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?

More information on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program is available at http://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp.

NATIONAL WINNER:  
Lincoln High School, Portland, Oregon

SECOND PLACE:
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Richmond, Virginia

THIRD PLACE:
Arcadia High School, Arcadia, California

FOURTH PLACE:
East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, New Jersey

FIFTH PLACE:
Munster High School, Munster, Indiana 

SIXTH PLACE:
Denver East High School, Denver, Colorado

SEVENTH PLACE:
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami, Florida 

EIGHTH PLACE:
Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, Alabama

NINTH PLACE:
Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina

TENTH PLACE:
Tahoma Senior High School, Covington, Washington

WINNERS OF UNIT AWARDS
(BEST NON-FINALIST TEAM FOR EXPERTISE IN EACH UNIT OF COMPETITION)

UNIT 1 (The Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System): Centennial High School, Bakersfield, California
UNIT 2 (How the Framers Created the Constitution): Sky View High School, Smithfield, Utah
UNIT 3 (How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideas in the Declaration of Independence): Milford High School, Milford, New Hampshire
UNIT 4 (How the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices): Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, Nebraska
UNIT 5 (The Rights That the Bill of Rights Protects): Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
UNIT 6 (Twenty-first Century Challenges to American Constitutional Democracy): Marshwood High School, South Berwick, Maine

WINNERS OF REGIONAL AWARDS
(BEST NON-FINALIST TEAM FROM EACH REGION)

Western States: Incline High School, Incline Village, Nevada
Mountain/Plains States: Cheyenne Central High School, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Central States: East Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Southeastern States: Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Northeastern States: Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut

THE GEORGE MASON AWARD WINNER
(Class with highest score on question about George Mason)
Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina