MAINE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL EXCELS IN WE THE PEOPLE COMPETITION
(Extensions of Remarks - April 28, 2017)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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      MAINE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL EXCELS IN WE THE PEOPLE COMPETITION

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                       HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 28, 2017

  Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the 
students and teachers from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, 
Illinois who recently participated in the 30th Annual We the People: 
The Citizen and the Constitution national academic competition and 
placed tenth in the nation. The We the People program is sponsored by 
the Center for Civic Education and is the most extensive program in the 
nation educating students about the history and principles of U.S. 
constitutional democracy.
  The national competition takes the form of a simulated congressional 
hearing during which students demonstrate their knowledge and skills as 
they evaluate, take, and defend positions on historical and 
contemporary constitutional issues. Independent studies show that We 
the People students benefit greatly from this experience. I would like 
to commend the teachers, Andrew Trenkle and Kevin Hansen, for their 
dedication and expertise in the classroom. The following are the names 
of the students from their constitution team:
  Cardella Alison, Margaret Bono, Kathryn Boyce, Gracie DeRosa, Lily 
Dysart, Anna Ebacher, Maria Francque, Katherine Heyde, Maria Iatrides, 
Grace Janes, Ann Kapustiak, Julia Klages, Dominika Kolendo, Garrett 
Kreger, Alexander Krysl, Maura Lally, Catherine Martin, Sydney Mathias, 
Thomas Ng, William Olafsson, Marc Piarowski, Mary Pat Roche, Shannon 
Ryan, Jill Steffen, Daniel Touhy, Peyton Turner, Emerson Uhlig, Elaina 
Wilkens, Kristin Woo, Isis Zaki.
  Mr. Speaker, with many reports and studies documenting a lack of 
education among the public of some of our most basic constitutional 
principles and institutions, the need for effective civic education 
programs in the schools is quite evident. The We the People program is 
an important part of the solution to this problem. I salute these young 
constitutional experts on their performance and wish them success in 
the years ahead.

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