The Archbold High School We the People team finished third in statewide competition, Friday, Jan. 25, in Columbus.
We the People is a civics education program designed to teach the history, philosophies and evolution of the U.S. constitutional government, focusing on the constitution and Bill of Rights.
Students participate in simulated congressional hearings, allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of those subjects.
Eight classes with more than 150 students participated in the event at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.
Findlay was the winning team. FHS has an enrollment of about 1,900 students.
Van Wert was second; enrollment there is about 660 students.
AHS has an enrollment of about 380 students.
Participating AHS students were Cody Beldon, Shayla Hayes, Riley Krueger, Brodie Nofziger, Peter Schoenhals, Cassidy Wyse, Evan Wyse, Micah Bernath, Olivia Krieger, Kayla Leaser, Krista Leupp, Lincoln Parsley, Paige Peterson, Emily Short and Pamela Steider.
We the People is a program of the Ohio Center for Law- Related Education.
Lisa Eschleman, OCLRE executive director, said, “Every year, we are amazed at the depth of the students’ understanding of the principles of our country’s founding document, and the extent of the analysis undertaken.
“The critical thinking and participatory skills demonstrated by the students will serve them well as they become active, responsible citizens.”