The Indiana Bar Foundation is preparing to host its annual We the People state finals later this month.
More than 700 students representing middle and high schools from all over the state will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in the annual competition. Middle school teams will compete from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and high school teams will compete from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Previously held at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis, this year’s We the People competition will be held at Plainfield High School in Hendricks County. Organizers decided to move the event after the loss of federal funding forced budget-cutting measures.
Charles R. Dunlap, executive director of the foundation, said the new venue will not affect the competition.
“We are fortunate to have access to a top facility that is centrally located and able to meet our scheduling needs,” Dunlap said. “The competition rooms are close together and the facility can even accommodate lunches for the schools.”
The IBF has worked to reduce expenses and simultaneously raise private funds to maintain a quality competition for the teachers and students who participate. The fundraising campaign, An Hour For Civics, encourages members of the Indiana bar to donate the equivalent of one billable hour to the IBF before Dec. 31. The Indiana State Bar Association has agreed to match up to $100,000 in private, new gifts made to the foundation for any program or general operating expenses.
For more information and a list of teams participating in the state finals, see the IBF website: http://www.inbf.org/.•