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Eighth Graders Compete for Constitutional Honors

14 Indiana Middle Schools to Compete, Two New

INDIANAPOLIS – Does your teenage daughter know what the First Amendment protects? She might know more than you realize if she is an eighth grader at one of the 14 schools competing in the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution. Schools from Hobart and Fishers are new competitors this year.

Students from 14 Indiana middle 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 12, 2017, to represent Indiana at the national competition:

School Name


Carroll Middle School

Fort Wayne

Woodside Middle School

Fort Wayne

R.J. Basket Middle School

Gas City

Hobart Middle School


Wilbur Wright Middle School


Willowcreek Middle School


Fall Creek Junior High


Fishers Jr. High School


Sidener Academy


St. Richard's Episcopal School


Brown County Junior High School


Thompkins Middle School - A


Thompkins Middle School - B


St. Philip Catholic School

Mt. Vernon


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.  

To learn more about Indiana Bar Foundation civic education programs, visit this page

Arrange interviews with individual teachers and students by calling the school systems directly.

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 with Theresa (, 317-269-7864, 317-771-4358) if you wish to attend in person to interview students or observe.

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