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Fishers Jr. High School Wins State Constitutional Competition

INDIANAPOLIS – Fishers Jr. High  School, Fishers, Ind., won the Indiana Bar Foundation’s premiere civic competition. More than 300 eighth graders versed in the U.S. Constitution and American history competed in the We the People State Finals December 11 in Indianapolis.  The teams from these three middle schools scored highest by the judging panels in two rounds of questions on contemporary applications of constitutional issues:

  1. Fishers Jr. High School, Fishers
  2. Brown County Jr. School, Nashville
  3. St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis

The middle school competition featured 12 schools, 14 teams and two rounds of questions. (Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster, and Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne, had two teams from each school.)

We the People students are an inspiration to all,” said Charles R. Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation).  “These students instill hope and confidence in our next generation of leaders.”

The We the People program teaches students about American history, government and constitutional issues including current events and applicable court cases. Students testify in mock congressional hearings before panels of volunteer judges. Teams advance from Indiana’s four regional competitions to one state competition.

The We the People educational model has been shown to increase civic participation, including voting rates, for students as they become adults. The model is one of the most effective for creating informed citizens who vote at higher rates than their peers.

More details may be found at Follow the Indiana Bar Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for updates on teams and the competitions.

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