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Hoosier Students Compete for Constitutional State Title

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 600 students from 24 Indiana high schools and middle schools will display their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution December 8-10, 2019 in Indianapolis at the We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution (We the People) state finals.

The students will testify before panels of judges in mock congressional hearings that assess their understanding of the U.S. Constitution, government and American history. Students display critical thinking, research, teamwork and public speaking skills as well as content knowledge.

John Tinker, lead plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines, will address the students in commemoration of the 50th anniversary recognizing students’ rights to free speech. Students will also witness nearly 100 new U.S. citizens become naturalized at a ceremony led by Chief Judge Robyn Moberly of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Competing schools include:
High School - Competing December 8-9, 2019
Castle High School, Newburgh
Cathedral 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
Jasper High School, Jasper
Mississinewa High School, Gas City
New Palestine High School, New Palestine
North High School, Evansville
Plainfield High School, Plainfield
West Lafayette High School, West Lafayette

Middle School -  Competing December 10, 2019
Brown County Junior High School, Nashville
Canterbury School, Fort Wayne (2 teams)
Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne (2 teams)
Fall Creek Junior High, Fishers
Fishers Junior High, Fishers
Hobart Middle School, Hobart
Saint Philip School, Mount Vernon
Saint Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis
Thompkins Middle School, Evansville (2 teams)
Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster
Willowcreek Middle School, Portage

The Indiana Bar Foundation manages the program with financial assistance from private donors and the Indiana General Assembly. For more information, visit our We the People page.

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