Students earn honors at We the People

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Students from Milford High School won an award for the best nonfinalist score in Unit 3, “How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideas in the Declaration of Independence,” at the 25th anniversary We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

The high school students competed against classes from 47 states, the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands in the three-day competition on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, during which they were required to apply constitutional principles and historical facts to contemporary situations.

Lincoln High School, of Portland, Ore., won first place in the overall competition, with Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, of Richmond, Va., and Arcadia High School, of Arcadia, Calif., taking second and third place, respectively.

The competition results were announced at an awards ceremony Monday evening before an audience of more than 1,400 students, teachers, coordinators, judges and other program participants. During the competition, students demonstrated their knowledge of the Constitution before simulated congressional committees made up of state supreme court judges, constitutional scholars, lawyers, public officials and We the People alumni. The first rounds of the hearings took place April 28-29. The top 10 schools competed in congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

The panel of judges tested the expertise of the classes on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook: “What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?” “How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?” “How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence?” “How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices?” “What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect?” and “What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?”

The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program provides an intensive curriculum that offers students comprehensive instruction on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the principles and values they embody. The program is designed to promote an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy.

More information about the program is available at

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