Eastlake High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Tahoma High School from Maple Valley, WA competed in the 2018 National Finals where this year over 1,200 high students and 56 teachers participated in the 2018 We the People National Finals. Over 1,000 parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the accomplishments of the students from 56 communities from across the United States of America. Nearly $2,000,000 were raised to ensure the success of this year's National Finals. The 31st We the People National Finals was held April 27-30, 2018 at the National Conference Center.

During the National Finals students participate in simulated congressional hearings. Students testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees scoring the groups through a performance-based assessment. Each class is divided into six groups based on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook. Each hearing begins with a four-minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students' depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the 72 judges with an excellent means of assessing students' knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.


Civic Education Washington State

We The People & Project Citizen


Heritage High School

Evergreen High School

Lunch

The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program promotes civic competence and responsibility
among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People printed textbook's and Enhanced Ebook's interactive strategies, relevant content and the simulated congressional hearing make teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People Program.

​We The People

Overlake High School

   Washington State Finals


Saturday, January 6th, 2018 was a big day for many high school students from around Washington.


   During our state competition, students participate in simulated congressional hearings. Students testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees scoring the groups through a performance-based assessment. Each class is divided into six groups based on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook. Each hearing begins with a four-minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students' depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the twenty-four judges with an excellent means of assessing students' knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.


   The We The People Competition at the Washington State Capitol is an exciting time, not only for the students, but also for the teachers, parents and judges. The results of this year's state competition are as follows:


1st - Tahoma High School
2nd - Overlake High School
3rd - Eastlake High School

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Heritage High School

Orting High School

Evergreen High School

Orting High School

Tahoma takes 7th in the nation!

Tahoma High School