December 1, 2017

SGHS students will test their constitutional knowledge

STE. GENEVIEVE Ė Students from Ste. Genevieve High School will be among 75 students representing nine Missouri schools who will gather Monday in Columbia to participate in The Missouri Barís annual "We the People" and "Show Me the Constitution" competitions.

Participating schools include:

Ste. Genevieve High School

Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City

Cole Camp High School

Eugene Cole R-V High School

Joplin South High School

Malta Bend R-V High School

McCluer South-Berkeley High School

Nixa High School

Springfield Central High School

During the events, which will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia, student teams will be tasked with answering questions related to philosophical and historical foundations of American government, current constitutional issues, and the challenges of 21st century citizenship, such as free speech and voting.

Once a team presents its views on an issue in a mock congressional hearing format, team members will answer a series of questions from a panel of judges.

Team hearings will begin at 9 a.m. followed by award presentations beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Winners of "We the People" will represent Missouri in Washington D.C. in 2018, and the winning Show Me the Constitution teams will receive up to $1,000 in funding for their schools to purchase civic education materials.

The Missouri Bar has coordinated "We the People" since 1999 in conjunction with the Center for Civic Education and launched "Show Me the Constitution" in 2015.

In preparation for the competitions, students have been studying constitutional materials in great detail under the guidance of their teachersómany of whom attend the barís free professional development events for educators.

Local lawyers, including several from the Young Lawyersí Section of The Missouri Bar, have volunteered to serve as judges.