We The People

Civics First is excited to announce that the 32nd Annual High School Competition of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution was held at Central Connecticut State University on Monday, December 18, 2018. We congratulate our state champion, Trumbull High School, and our first runner up, Staples High School, for their outstanding performance. 
We the People continues to grow, as this year was our largest competition in recent memory. We had 258 students representing seven schools from across Connecticut: Greenwich High School, Immaculate High School, South Windsor High School (three teams), Staples High School, Torrington High School (two teams), Trumbull High School, and Wilbur Cross High School.
Trumbull High School will represent Connecticut at the 2019 National Finals in at the National Conference Center in Washington D.C. on April 26-29, 2019. We are hopeful that Staples will receive a wildcard slot and again join their colleagues from Trumbull to compete against 56 other teams from across the country at Nationals.

Civics First extends its grateful appreciation to Ms. Erin Simcik for her yeoman's work in organizing this year's We the People competition, and Dr. John Tully from Central Connecticut State University for graciously facilitating and hosting our event. We also thank the following professionals who generously volunteered of their time and expertise:

Jeanne Benoit
Victoria Crompton, CCSS Executive Board
Michael Galligan, Assistant Principal, Pomfret Community School
Peter Gunn, The Williston Northhampton (MA) School
Julie Jaquish, Civics First
Patrick Kennedy, Esq.
Diane Meacham
Nora Mocarski, Social Studies Department Chair, Canton Public Schools
Moriah Moriarty, Office of the Secretary of the State
Barbara Nidzgorski, Civics First
Michael O’Connor, Esq.
Lisa Perrone, Office of Congressman John Larson
Dr. Donald W. Rogers
Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University
Anna Wilinsky, Dartmouth College student


Trumbull High School, We the People State Champions 2018

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally acclaimed civic education program which helps students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government.  We the People focuses on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and fosters civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students in public and private schools.  The program is administered by the Center for Civic Education.  It was established in 1987 under the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.  For over 30 years, this civic education program has involved thousands of Connecticut students and teachers in the study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Students prepare for these hearings by completing an instructional program using the text, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.  Each member of the class becomes an expert on one of the six units in the text and then testifies in small groups before a panel of judges acting as U.S. congressional representatives.  During the simulated congressional hearing, students are judged on the following criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation.