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              On Monday, December 8th, the Saratoga High School senior class traveled to Casper to compete against students from across the state in the Congressional District Qualifier for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.  The We The People program is a national program that instructs students about the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the founding of this country.  The curriculum is rigorous and challenging with in-depth topics, including the historical and philosophical foundations of the American political system; how the Framers created the Constitution; how the Constitution has been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence; how the values and principles embodied in the Constitution have shaped American institutions and practices; rights protected by the Bill of Rights; and the challenges faced by American Constitutional Democracy in the twenty-first century.

              Students are divided into teams, or units, with each team becoming experts on one of the above topics and writing three separate essays responding to questions about their specific topic.  At the district competition in Casper, each team was brought before a panel of judges and asked to read on of their prepared essays.  Following the prepared statement, which cannot exceed four minutes, each team is then questioned by the judges for six minutes.  Each team is scored on understanding, constitutional application, supporting evidence, responsiveness (answering the question that is asked), and participation.  Team scores are then added for each school, with the top six schools advancing to the state competition in January.

              After the scores were tallied Monday night, it was announced that the team of seniors from Saratoga High School qualified for the Wyoming State Finals to be held in Laramie on January 26th.  In the 16 team field, all-class competition, Saratoga qualified in the top six with higher class scores than larger classification schools, including schools from both Cheyenne and Casper.  They were the only non-4A school to advance.  Saratoga’s advancement is even more noteworthy in that most of the other advancing teams participate in the contest as part of an Advanced Placement Government course.  Congratulations to the Saratoga High School seniors for this prestigious accomplishment!  Students participating at the district competition were Hunter Mason, Kyle Bartlett, Anjellica Sampson, Andrew Oiler, Riley Sandilands, Seth Harrison, Kaitlynn Snell, Tyler Hughes, Marshal Hill, Makayla Fairbanks, Peyten Fisher, Justine Fourman, Braxton Schwartzkopf, Nick Smith, Kelsie Samson, Veronica Lincoln, Jake Sturgis, and Lydia Smith.



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