Constitution champs bound for Washington

December 12, 2012

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A Granbury High School government class came home state champions from a competition on the Constitution Saturday at the Capitol in Austin.

Students, who are enrolled in a dual credit U.S. government class taught by Cindy Leatherman, were Lane Ballinger, David Barnette, Alexis Carpenter, Josh Carpenter, Blair Cowden, Devon DeYoung, Jessie Fallin, David Hull, Andrew Jackson, Justin Largent, Adam Lubbers, Jessica Martinez, Ashlee Myers, Matt Rose, John Schmelz, Kyle Shanahan, Cy Sonderer, Tyler Titus, Tori Townsend, Alee Travis, Miles Wagner, Chase Whittet, Tyler Wilkins, Natalie Willingham and Madison Weatherly.

Two other students – Mikayla Carpenter and Jimmy Hodges – are also part of the team but were unable to attend due to the home basketball tournament.

The contest is part of a program entitled We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, which promotes civic responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students.

The culminating activity is the competition, which is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges.

GHS students defeated a perennial state winner from Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD who take a specialized class on constitutional law.

The national finals in the Washington, D.C., area will be April 26-29, 2013, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and also in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

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