For the second year running, both Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School competitive civics teams will represent California at the We the People National Finals in Washington D.C following the State Competition held on February 2, 2019 in Sacramento, California, where Amador Valley High School’s team finished in first place and Foothill’s team earned second place.
From the State Competition, the first place finisher and a ‘wild card’ team advance to the National Competition.
“The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees and I congratulate both the Amador Valley and Foothill High School teams on their incredible efforts and earning spots at Nationals,” said Superintendent David Haglund. “I am incredibly proud of our young people, and their teachers and coaches, and wish them great success as they move on.”
We the People is a competitive civics program sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Students’ knowledge of the Constitution, the founding of our country, and the evolution of American government is tested in simulated congressional hearings that foster critical thinking and creativity.
"I am very proud of our students and their recent accomplishment of earning first place at the state competition," said Amador Valley High School Principal Alberto Solorzano. "Our students continue to represent themselves and our school to the highest degree possible and much of that is in part of the guidance from Ms. Sklar."
Both teams earned spots in the National Finals after spending thousands of hours preparing and rehearsing.
“This year’s Amador team worked so hard and so well together — I am glad that they will have the opportunity to compete at a national level. Their performance this weekend was excellent,” said Amador Valley Competitive Civics Coach Stacey Sklar. “It is so exciting to once again have both Pleasanton teams heading to nationals! I hope people will have the opportunity to come out sometime this spring to see these teams at their fundraisers and dress rehearsals. They have such a depth of knowledge about the Constitution that it infuses one with hope for the future.”
Led by teachers Jeremy Detamore and Graham McBride, Foothill High’s competitive civics team had an incredible finish, leading to their third consecutive trip to Nationals.
“I'm extremely proud of this year's class. They are an extremely hard working group who really earned their place at the We the People National Finals in April,” said Detamore. “I look forward to the next phase of this journey and I know they're going to make Pleasanton proud.”
The National We the People Competition will be held on April 26 - 29, 2019 in Washington D.C.