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Indiana High School Students Finish Third, Fourth in National Civics Competition

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indiana teams placed in the top five out of 56 teams at We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution national finals in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 24. Cathedral High School (Indianapolis) finished third, and Plainfield High School (Plainfield) finished fourth in the nation. The final day of competition, the hearings were held on Capitol Hill in congressional hearing rooms.

“This is an incredible accomplishment, and it demonstrates the amazing talent in our state from our students to our teachers as well as our supporters and volunteers,” said Chuck Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, which administers the civics program.

These high school seniors and their teammates competed nationally to display their knowledge of the Constitution, American history and government principles. Here are short YouTube videos of them talking about what they learned.

The Indiana State Bar Association and its attorney-members helped underwrite the students’ competition expenses. More information at

Media Contacts:
Contact instructor, Jill Baisinger, at Cathedral High School, to meet her students. This is Jill’s third time at the nationals in six years.
Contact Plainfield teacher Chris Cavanaugh, a 26-year veteran of teaching high school civics and history. This is only the second time one of his teams have competed nationally.
Charles R. Chuck Dunlap, 317-269-7861 or [email protected]

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