Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Highlands HS Continues Tradition of Civics Excellence

HHS 2014-2015 state championship We the People team./Provided

Highlands High School continues to demonstrate how it does not just work to produce good students, but also good citizens.

The Highlands High School We the People team won the We the People, Citizens and the Constitution state championship on Thursday, January 22, marking the eleventh consecutive year the team has won the championship, and their twelfth overall state title.

The team will go on to compete nationally in April.

The team will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the national finals April 24 - 27, in Washington D.C. Students will compete against teams from each of the states, as well as teams from American territories.

The state and national competitions involve students testifying in a mock congressional hearing format. Students are asked to prepare formal statements and respond to follow-up questions from a panel of judges requiring application of the U.S. Constitution.

Megan Boimann-Hennies, We the People coach stated, “It is a pleasure working with such a bright and energetic group of students who not only want to represent Highlands to the best of their ability, but also, and more importantly, want to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in their knowledge of U.S. history and constitutionalism. I am so proud of our students and thoroughly enjoy watching them develop their skills and knowledge as active American and global citizens.”

“We are so proud of the outstanding performance of our students at the state competition and the work of their teacher to prepare them,” stated Brian Robinson, Highlands High School principal. “It is encouraging to watch such dedicated students engage in the study of our nation’s Constitution in order to weigh in on relevant issues facing each of us as citizens today.  Watching them compete ensured me that the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be well represented at the national competition but also reminded me that the future is bright with such committed young people equipping themselves as citizens.”

The team consists of seven seniors, six juniors and is taught by Mrs. Megan Boimann-Hennies. The students are now working to prepare for the national competition as well as raise funds to support the trip.

Community sponsorship and financial support is greatly appreciated. Anyone interested in sponsoring the team and their trip can contact Megan Boimann-Hennies by email at megan.boimann-hennies@fortthomas.kyschools.us.

- Staff report

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