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Bill of Rights Debated by 8th, 12th Graders

Hoosier Students Compete for Constitutional State Title

INDIANAPOLIS – Over 600 students from 26 Indiana high schools and middle schools will display their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution December 9-11, 2018, 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.

Competing schools include:

High School - Competing December 9-10, 2018
Castle High School, Newburgh
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
Jasper High School, Jasper
Mississinewa High School, Gas City
North High School, Evansville
North Side High School, Fort Wayne
Plainfield High School, Plainfield
West Lafayette High School, West Lafayette
Whiting High School, Whiting

Middle School -  Competing December 11, 2018
Brown County Junior High School, Nashville
Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne (2 teams)
Fishers Junior High, Fishers
Helfrich Park STEM Academy, Evansville
Saint Philip School, Mount Vernon
Saint Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis
Saint Vincent de Paul School, Fort Wayne
Sidener Academy, Indianapolis
Thompkins Middle School, Evansville
Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster (2 teams)
Willowcreek Middle School, Portage
Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne

National research shows We the People students vote at higher rates and remain interested and active in civic issues more consistently than peers who did not study with this curriculum. For 31 years in Indiana and nationwide, the program has educated fifth, eighth and twelfth grade students on constitutional principles and civic responsibility. 

The Indiana Bar Foundation manages the program with financial assistance from private donors, including many private attorneys and law firms, and the Indiana General Assembly. For more information, visit www.inbf.org.

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