Pleasanton, California – Foothill and Amador Valley High School’s competitive civics team both participated in this year’s We the People competitions, with Foothill High’s team being one of two in California that will compete in the National We the People Finals virtually April 23-26.
We the People is a competitive civics program sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement. At its competitions, students have the opportunity to complete mock congressional hearings that test their knowledge of the Constitution.
Led by teacher Stacey Sklar, Amador Valley High’s team did well in local competitions and went on to compete in California’s State Finals.
“I think they did a wonderful job,” Sklar said of her team. “They exceeded all of my expectations. They were great.”
By participating in the program, students learn to be educated participants in democracy, Sklar said. Currently, her class is working on putting together podcasts and webpages that the student body can access to learn about their rights.
Led by teacher Graham McBride, Foothill High’s competitive civics team is excited to head to nationals for the fourth consecutive year.
“We are incredibly proud of our team. The Foothill High School We the People team has risen above and beyond given the unprecedented circumstances of this school year and shown tremendous resilience and maturity in the process,” McBride said. “We are very eager to see them show their tremendous depth of knowledge at the We the People national finals.”