We the People “Political Animals” dominate State and prepare for D.C.

In January, the Westminster We the People team joined three other Missouri high schools in the We the People statewide simulated congressional hearings sponsored by The Missouri Bar at the State Capitol. Westminster celebrated a decisive victory there and represented Missouri at the national competition April 25 – 28 in Washington, D.C. There, the team was among the top 10 the first day, and Unit 2 won the national Unit 2 award.

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We the People is a nationally acclaimed civic education program helping students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of our government. Following rigorous preparation in and outside of class, students compete in simulated congressional hearings in which they testify about and discuss issues such as the importance of an informed and engaged citizenry, constitutional rights, and the amendment process. A panel of judges comprised of lawyers, judges, educators, and political scientists evaluate the students’ knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Seniors Bo Thomas and Ben Linxwiller said they would encourage others to learn more about the U.S. Constitution. “My understanding of government was very limited,” says Bo. “But now, I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge and my interest is piqued as to how government functions play out in theory and in reality. I am now much more interested in politics and what actually influences public citizens and how they vote.”

Ben agrees. He says, “Through We the People, I’ve gained a sense of duty and a deep understanding of what principles our government was founded upon, how they relate to the modern day, and what responsibilities have been placed on us.”

Teacher and team advisor Ken Boesch says the students have worked diligently all year and he is proud of all they have accomplished. “The team worked incredibly hard this past year,” says Mr. Boesch. “We had a blast in D.C. and enjoyed both the competition and the touring!”