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Incline wins Nevada 'We the People' title, moves onto national competition

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Incline High School is headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national "We the People" competition after winning the Nevada state title Saturday.

Incline outperformed Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas), College of Southern Nevada High School-West Charleston campus (Las Vegas), Reed High School (Sparks) and Canyon Springs High School (Las Vegas) at Saturday's competition at the State Legislature in Carson City.

The national competition takes place in Washington, D.C., in April.

The "We the people" program teaches high school students about the U.S. Constitution, as well as knowledge of American rights and responsibilities.

"We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution", sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, is a yearly competition for American high school students.

Saturday's competition was styled as a congressional hearing, with each team divided into six units, each composed of three to five students. Each unit focuses on a particular area of Constitutional interest — from the philosophical underpinnings and Constitutional Convention to modern day implications.

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We the People class wins #1 at district level

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The Incline High School "We the People" AP Government class has placed first at the Nevada Second Congressional District Competition held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at TMCC, ahead of other high schools more than five times its size.  Reed High School placed second, Reno High School third, and a special participatory award went to We Can Do Anything Charter High School. Incline and Reed will proceed to the state level competition to be held on February 6, 2010 in Carson City.

we_the_people1_116The IHS senior students who participated:  Bo Baker, Connor Bujeaux, Erin Canino, Michael Cergioli, Josh Dykstra, Lawrence Jolley, Ryan Lee, Annamarie Marziliano, Sean McClelland, Shanna Murray, Jimmy Sagan, Sarah Scott, Sasha Severance, Michaela Tonking, Erika Wegener, Max Wynne, and Sterling Vinson.

In addition to the overall win across all six units, the seventeen member team also posted three unit high scores.

The We the People curriculum enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and helps them to identify the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help develop the participatory skills necessary for students to become active, responsible citizens.

The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students testify before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues (www.civiced.org/wtpcompanion).

The "We the People" team is taught/coached by teacher Mr. Milt Hyams, Jr. Several community mentors, including Walt Borland, Alan and Natalie Tiras, Devin Hiemstra, Steven McKay, Mac Layne, Ryan Spizman, Jim Mancuso, Pamela Miller, Dell Rowley, Amy Henderson, Whitney Foehl, Mr. Milt Hyams, Sr., and Lawrie Lieberman have assisted the students in their training and fine-tuning of their testimonies, cross examinations and prepping for the competition.

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