LHS civics students to represent Montana in National ‘We the People’ competition

Thursday, February 4, 2021

On January 19, 2021 Laurel High School’s three Honors Civics classes participated in the state We The People competition. Mr. Deming’s students won the state competition and will represent Montana (virtually) at the National Finals April 24–26. Laurel High School, the community of Laurel, and the state of Montana can be proud of these student’s efforts. The team spent months pouring over their entire text, writing and rewriting prepared remarks and also answering questions from memory on any topic that judges might ask, relevant or not to the student’s main areas of study.

The classes competed as one team but were divided into six units, each defending a different theme:

• Unit 1: What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? This unit was defended by Andria Mourich, Easton Kyhl, Kendra King, Lane Arrowsmith and Kyle Robertus.

• Unit 2: How did the Framers create the Constitution? This unit was defended by Hannah Bickel, Jenna Scott and Malie Smith.

• Unit 3: How has the Constitution been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence? This unit was defended by Morgan Maack, Trynadee Goldsberry, Kolby Gibbs, Kadee Grammar, Laney Leeds and Kayla Parsons.

• Unit 4: How have the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices? This unit was defended by Eli Aby, Connor Ulschak and Savanna Keightley.

• Unit 5: What rights does the Bill of Rights protect? This unit was defended by Bailey Chapman, Paige Maynard, Garrett

Rose and Keagan Crowley.

• Unit 6: What challenges might face American constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century? This unit was defended by Madelynn Hust, Logan Vincent, Colton Trostle and Josephine Teegarden.

Mr. Lee Deming said that even though the National Finals will be virtual, he is hoping to organize a trip to Washington D.C. anyway for his deserving students.

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