|The Highlands High We the People team won first place in state and will compete in DC on their knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.|
by Robin Gee
The Highlands High School We the People team racked up its 16th consecutive state win and its 17th win overall for the 2019-2020 school year. The competition was moved up a little this year, making preparation even more challenging.
At the January Fort Thomas school board meeting, board members thanked the team and praised their advisor and teacher Megan Boimann Hennies who has been involved with the competition for several years.
We the People is a state and national student competition designed to promote civic education with an emphasis on knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. This year 28 Highlands students competed. Now they will go to the national competition to be held April 24-27 at the National Conference Center in Washington DC.
At nationals the team will be up against more than 1,200 students from 56 high schools from across the country. Each team is divided into six groups based on the six units in the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution textbook.
The students testify on their subjects in simulated congressional hearings. Students give an opening statement and then field follow-up questioning by judges looking for depth of knowledge, understanding and application of constitutional principles.
School board member Ann Meyer noted the impact of the class and the competition. "This was the class that no matter what my child did whether it was environmental science, history, whatever, this was the class that he pulled the most from, especially with presentations, being able to stand up and present without notes."
She told team members, “I’m excited for you, and I thank you for choosing this because there are easier paths to take senior year.”
The board members presented the students with Fort Thomas schools t-shirts and certificates.