The Statehouse honored two teams, the 2012-13 state and national champions and the 2013-14 state champions that will compete at the National Invitational in April. The team’s ages range from junior high to high school. The 2012-13 championship team is comprised of high school students.
The National Invitational takes the form of simulated congressional hearings during which students testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees, scoring the groups through a performance-based assessment.
“These are great accomplishments for a school in one of our smallest counties and speaks well of the talent of the students,” said Rep. Koch.
The We the People: The Citizens and Constitution program was developed by the Center for Civic Education and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with a goal of promoting civic responsibility and competence in students.
Involvement with the We the People competition allows students to develop a greater understanding of democratic principles and prepares Indiana youth for a future that will encourage their knowledge of and participation in Indiana’s democratic system of government. For more information on We the People, visit http://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp.
Rep. Koch serves all or parts of Brown, Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.