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TELL CITY – William Tell Elementary sixth-graders competed with other elementary schools in mock congressional hearings as part of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program recently.
Each class member became an expert witness on one of the five units in the text and then testified in small groups before a panel of judges acting as U.S. congressional representatives.
During the simulated congressional hearing, students were judged on six criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness and participation.
Kevin Rhodes’ class earned the top ranking in the state for William Tell.
Gov. Mike Pence welcomed the students and First Lady Karen Pence gave the general address. The students finished their day with a tour of the Indiana State House.
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is the most extensive program in the country to educate young people about the history and principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, according to organizers. The curriculum was developed by the Center for Civic Education.
Funded by an act of Congress, the program is designed to commemorate the framing and adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and to revitalize educational programs on the Constitution and civic education in our nation’s schools. Indiana’s program is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation.