LOS ANGELES, April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- After two days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, three schools took top honors at the rebranded We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Challenge.
The National Winner: Easthampton High School, Massachusetts Teacher: Kelley Brown
Second Place: Lincoln High School, Oregon Teacher:Patrick Magee-Jenks
Third Place: Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Virginia Teacher:Samuel Ulmschneider
30 classes, with over 600 students competed online using Zoom in the academic competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution in simulated congressional committees and were judged by state supreme court judges, constitutional scholars, lawyers, public officials and We the People alumni.
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?