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EAHS Reaches National ‘We the People’ Contest of Constitutional Knowledge

The Elizabethtown Area High School “We the People” team, from left to right: James Overmoyer, Will Troutman, Leah Covaleski, Ashley Driesbach, Dominic Gomez, Anna DeGoede, Sean Brown, Sierra Miller, Ryan Minnich, Joe Szymanski, Ashley Johnson, Rachelle Malari, Jay Porter and Kayla Azoroff.

Elizabethtown Area High School has been invited to represent Pennsylvania at the We the People National Finals. EAHS We the People program has secured an impressive eight state championships over the past several years.

The team is now eligible to represent Pennsylvania in the We the People National Finals competition to be held Friday, April 26, through Monday, April 29, in the Washington D.C., area. Each state will send its state championship constitutional scholars team to compete for the prestigious title of national champion.

The “We the People” competition promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s secondary students. At the national competition, Elizabethtown will join the other 49 state winners in simulated congressional hearings on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The United States Congress will provide rooms on Capitol Hill to the top 10 teams on the third day of competition to express their support for this important civic exercise.

At the national event, the students will prepare and deliver brief opening statements on constitutional questions and community scholars (professors, federal judges, attorneys, etc.) will respond to the opening statements with follow up questions. The competition judges will probe the students’ knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights requiring the students to defend their positions, apply core concepts to real situations, formulate reasoned judgments and sometimes even rethink their positions.

The Elizabethtown team is comprised of 15 Advanced Placement students. Students devote evenings and weekends preparing for the rigorous challenge of learning constitutional principles and practices. They also develop team building strategies as they work together in small groups when drafting the required responses to prepare for national competition.

The team of students must raise $21,000 totake the trip to represent Pennsylvania at the national finals. While student contributions and district donations have subsidized some of the overall costs, there still remains a shortfall in funding. Donations are tax-deductible and should be sent to: James Sostack, We the People, Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 East High Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Checks should be payable to “EAHS.”

Anyone with questions may contact Sostack by email or by phone at 717-367-1533.

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