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News Lincoln East High School Wins State We the People

Lincoln East High School Wins State We the People

On January 11, 2010, the 24-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2010 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Championship which was held in Lincoln. This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 24 – 26th. This year’s win marks the 5th consecutive state championship win for East High School.

Team members are: Lauren Bejot, Tom Bolin, Preston Bradley, Kyle Carlson, Maeson Churchill, Jahan Claes, Kate Dwyer, Mitchell Ediger, Mike Foley, Nate Germer, Jacob Gist, Artemis Gogos, Brianna Harder, Kaitlyn Hayes, Isha Jain, Emily Lamberty, Nick Nigro, Mary-Catherine Overcash, Hannah Pahre, Helen Pitts, Alex Scheideler, Kate Scheckloth, Hannah Sher, Jimmy Wang and teacher-coach Kevin Rippe.
Taking second place in the competition was the Lincoln Southeast High School-Black team coached by teacher Dave Nebel. Taking honorable mention in the championship were teams from Holdrege, coached by teacher Chad Bailey; V.J. & Angela Skutt High School coached by David Jopp; Lincoln Southeast High School-Gold coached by teacher Noa Craft; Wilcox-Hildreth High School coached by Ken Meyers and Lincoln Southwest High School coached by teacher Ryan Salem. More than 150 students competed in the state championship.

We the People is a nationally acclaimed civics program supported by the U.S. Congress and administered by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Participants in the competition demonstrate “a simulated” congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of volunteer judges. Volunteers included staff from each of the local congressional offices. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

At the awards luncheon following the competition Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court, was interviewed by Omaha World Herald reporter Leslie Reed. She asked questions such as, “Was there anything like We the People when you were in high school?” Each team was presented with an award and special awards were given to teams scoring high in one of the six units on the Constitution.

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