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High School Seniors Compete for Constitutional Honors

Four of 14 Indiana High Schools New to Competition

INDIANAPOLIS – Does your teenage daughter know what the First Amendment protects? She might know more than you realize if she is a senior at one of the 14 schools competing in the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution. Schools from Newburgh, Monroeville, West Lafayette and Columbus are new competitors this year.

Students from 14 Indiana high schools will vie to represent the state nationally at a competition that measures their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, government and American history. Some teams have as many as 30 students.

The teams from the following schools will compete December 10 – 11, 2017, to represent Indiana at the national competition:
 

School Name

City

Cathedral High School

Indianapolis

Castle High School

Newburgh

Columbus Signature Academy – New Tech

Columbus

Covenant Christian High School

Indianapolis

Fishers High School

Fishers

Franklin Central High School

Indianapolis

Hamilton Southeastern High School

Fishers

Heritage High School

Monroeville

Homestead High School

Fort Wayne

Mississinewa High School

Gas City

North High School

Evansville

Plainfield High School

Plainfield

Randall T. Shepard Academy

Evansville

West Lafayette High School

West Lafayette


The We the People program teaches elementary, middle and high school students about American democracy and contemporary application of the U.S. Constitution. The students compete in simulated congressional hearings as experts on constitutional subjects and current events. They testify before panels of adult judges and answer questions related to their topic.  

The educational model has shown that students build leadership, teamwork, public speaking, research and critical thinking skills studying and preparing their testimonies. Research shows students are more likely to vote than their peers, use facts to support their opinions and are tolerant of dissenting opinions.  

The State Finals for the We the People competition are held annually at the Crown Plaza, Union Station, 123 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis. It is generally not open to the public, but members of the media may attend. Advance arrangements should be made if you wish to interview individual students.

MEDIA CONTACT: Theresa Browning, CFRE, director of development & communications, 317-269-7864 or tbrowning@inbf.org.

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