St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School 8th graders competed and one class won in the overall class score at the district competition of "We the People" on November 11 at the University of St. Francis. "We the People" is a program that promotes civil competence and responsibility among upper elementary and secondary students. Since the program's start in 1987, more than 30 million students have participated in this innovative course of civic study.
The students, broken up into six units, prepared four-minute speeches to present before a panel of judges, and then responded to question and answer sessions. Among the units questions were: What were the Founders' basic ideas about government? What shaped the Founders' thinking about government? How was the Constitution used to establish our government? How does the Constitution protect our basic rights?
"We are so proud of our entire 8th grade," said St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School Principal Lois Widner. "They did an excellent job preparing for this competition. What an outstanding group of students! We are looking forward to the state competition on December 17."
Class 8A, moderated by Junior High Teacher Kristi Hagan, also won first place in three units, units 2, 4 and 5. The class of 28 students will now travel to the "We the People" State competition at Plainfield High School in Indianapolis on December 17 to compete against the other school district winners from throughout the state of Indiana.