A team of students from Munster High School took fifth place among 56 teams in the We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C., April 27 through May 1.
About 1,000 high school students from the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands participated in the event on the campus of George Mason University and in U.S. Senate hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.
Scott Chinn, president of the Indianapolis Bar Association and partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, was a judge for the national competition and saw Munster’s Unit 6, comprised of five students, compete April 29.
“They did great – they were really truly incredible,” Chinn said. He said that the influence of Munster High School government teacher and team adviser Michael Gordon is evident.
“Michael Gordon is really something special … that program is truly benefited by his direction as their teacher,” Chinn said.
Last year, Munster’s team earned its third consecutive state championship and placed 10th in the national competition.
This year’s competitors were Andrew Alvarez, Aishariya Bandyopadhyay, Kelly Bershader, Jacob Brunetti, Steven Burgwald, Alexander Crowe, Cydnee Cruz, Carlyn Davis, Logan Foreit, A.J. Gauthier, William Greenlaw, Kelan Harish, Krishna Hegde, Collin Henson, Emma Hong, Alexander Ingoglia, Aamina Khan, Peter Kraft, Jack Laszlo, Nicholas Loughlin, Azad Neupane, Tatiana Padilla, Bridget Pruzin, Brandon Roman, Christiann Tavitas and Natalie Vick.