"You all knew the law better than many of the lawyers that I work with!"
These high words of praise from Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel were directed to members of the Grandview High School “We the People” team after their second place finish in state competition, held Dec. 11 at the University of Denver.
The “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The program’s culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Grandview High School social studies teacher Jeff Reiman, who teaches the “We the People” course and supports the students through the rigorous “We the People” competition, said the students’ presentations were “simply fabulous.”
“What I love about the “We the People” program is its educational value, no matter whether the students win or lose the state competition,” Reiman said. “In the course of participating in the program, the students develop the ability to research at a college level, to write about sophisticated concepts by blending primary and secondary sources, to analyze complex and highly relevant constitutional issues, to speak in front of an audience, to answer questions posed by a panel of judges and to work as part of a group in a genuine, real-world way where each group-mate is vital to the group's success.”
Congratulations to the Grandview “We the People” team!