Government class preparing for Constitution contest

November 7, 2012

A Granbury High School government class is preparing for a statewide competition on the Constitution scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, in Austin.

The students, who are enrolled in a dual credit U.S. government class taught by Cindy Leatherman, participated in a practice round on Nov. 4 with three judges in the Granbury ISD Board Room.

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 instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and helps them discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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

Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues, school spokesman Jeff Meador said.

Students taking part in the competition are 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.

We the People, a program formed in 1987 during the bicentennial of the Constitution, is an initiative of the Center for Civic Education.

More than 28 million students and 90 thousand educators have participated in this innovative program.

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