Two Generations of We the People

Dec 17, 2019

When Colorado's Denver East High School participated in the We the People state finals this month, one parent in particular knew how hard her daughters had to work to compete at the state level. Lisa Koenig was part of teacher Sheila Feeney's Denver East class in 1988. Now a senior attorney for a Denver law firm, Lisa was part of the very first year of We the People, which has its origins in the 1987-88 commemoration of the bicentennial of the signing of the Constitution.

Lisa Koenig (center) and her daughters Tess (left) and Sophie (right).
Lisa Koenig (center) and her daughters Tess (left) and Sophie (right).
"We didn’t have to prepare nearly at the level that students do now, but it was fun and a great experience to go to D.C.," said Koenig.

She's justifiably proud of her daughters, Tess and Sophie, who continue their mother's legacy of intensive learning about the Constitution.

Koenig shared her perspective on her daughters' journey through the We the People program and the state competition: "Although it’s a lot of hard work, they have fun and they have an amazingly thorough knowledge of constitutional issues, including in both a historical context and application to issues we face today. The class also seems to bond a lot through working long hours together."

The Denver East team from Susan McHugh's class won the state championship and qualified to compete in the National Finals, which will be held April 24-27 at the National Conference Center in the Washington, D.C, area. They will be joined by 55 other teams, including Jeff Reiman's class from Grandview High School in Aurora, which will be competing as a wildcard team from Colorado.


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