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News Lincoln East High School Takes Ninth Consecutive State Title at We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution Nebraska State Finals

Lincoln East High School Takes Ninth Consecutive State Title at We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution Nebraska State Finals

On January 7, the 21-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2014 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Finals which was held at the University of Nebraska College of Law. More than 150 students from five Nebraska schools participated in the competition. The East team's win makes it Nebraska's official representative in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 26-29.

The team is coached by teacher Kevin Rippe. Taking second place in the competition was the Lincoln Southeast High School team. Teacher Zach Wotowicz is the team's coach.

Other teams receiving honorable mention in the finals were Lincoln Southwest High School, coached by teacher Ryan Salem; Holdrege High School, coached by teacher Chad Bailey; and V.J. & Angela Skutt High School coached by teachers Mary Meyer and David Jopp.

Susan Poser, Dean of the College of Law, welcomed students at the awards ceremony following the competition. Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale then addressed the scholars, challenging them to think about how they will respond to the Constitutional issues that will challenge them when they become adults.

We The People is a nationally acclaimed civics program supported by the Center for Civic Education and administered by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

Volunteer judges for the state competition include high school and college educators and administrators and attorneys.

 

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