Colorado will be represented by Grandview High School at the National We the People competition in Washington, DC, April 26-29, 2014. The Grandview team, comprised of 19 Advanced Placement Government students, taught by teacher Jeff Reiman, outperformed seven other schools at the state competition. In the 27 year history of the competition, East High School has advanced to the national finals 25 times, winning numerous national titles and consistently finishing in the top ten. Grandview joins Clear Creek High School (2002) as one of only two schools to unseat East and advance to the national competition, held in Washington D.C.
The Colorado We the People program is sponsored locally by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy. To qualify for state, schools had to win their Congressional District competitions. The We the People program promotes students’ civic competence by enhancing their understanding of democratic principles and institutions through engaging teaching strategies. Curriculum materials include six units of instruction.
The We the People program is best known for its culminating activity-- a simulated congressional hearing-- in which the entire class, working in cooperative teams, respond to open-ended questions about the history and relevance of the Constitution today. Students interact with community members who provide an authentic audience as they discuss the meaning and importance of constitutional principles with adults serving as judges for student performances. Many 8th grade students in Cherry Creek participate in a noncompetitive version of the hearings. Special recognition is also extended to the Overland High School students, taught by Kelly Wagy-Jones and Jeff Martin, who competed at the Congressional District 6 Competition on November 26.
Congratulations to the GHS state championship team of Grayson Abele, Sofia Carrillo, William Coleman, Cierra Cowden, Samuel Ehrhard, Jacob Fogleman, Selamawit Gashaw, Renee Hansen, Tae Woo Kim, Emily Neff, Khoa Nguyen, Riley Purnell, Margeaux Reed, Paul Salame, Jordan Shank, John-Rudolph Smith, Zachary Talpas, Ande Troutman, and Jonathan Woronoff.
To learn more visit http://www.lawanddemocracy.org/wtpnew.htm and
Posted January 3, 2014.