Koch honors Brown County students at Statehouse

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Thursday, February 11, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2016) — The Brown County Junior High School “We the People” team was honored today by the Indiana General Assembly for winning the 2015-2016 state championship.

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 35, authored by Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford), recognized the team for winning its sixth consecutive We the People state title.

Developed by the Center for Civic Education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, We the People gives students the opportunity to learn about democracy, promotes civic responsibility and then allows them to compete in state and national competitions to test their knowledge. Since 1987, more than 28 million students have been a part of the program.

“It is quite an accomplishment for a school in one of our smallest counties to consistently win on a statewide level,” Koch said. “I am proud that these students will be representing Indiana in the national invitational.”

The team will go on to compete in the national invitational from April 29 through May 3. The competition will simulate a congressional hearing with contestants testifying before judges who act as congressional committees. While in Washington D.C., students will also have the opportunity to explore the city and meet elected officials and dignitaries.

“This House Resolution recognizes the accomplishments of the past and expresses our support for the future success of this program,” Koch said.

To learn more about We the People, visit www.civiced.org. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about the HCR 35 or other legislation this session.


Rep. Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.


Note to the editor: A photo is below of Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) and the Brown County Junior High School team that won the 2015-2016 We the People state championship.