Students Vie for Championship in Prestigious National Competition on Constitution
From Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, to North Smithfield, Rhode Island, students are traveling to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2010 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. More than 1,100 students from 52 high schools representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the three-day competition, from April 24-26.
During the academic competition, students serve as expert witnesses testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. Each class is divided into six groups, corresponding with the units in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text. Students are scored on their opening presentation and on answers to follow-up questions by a panel of judges, who grade the students on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. The national finals judges include state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, educators, attorneys, journalists, and We the People alumni.

(Press Release) - Apr 22, 2010