Hamilton County teams took home top honors in the Indiana We the People high school and middle school state finals held Sunday through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The first-place finishers now have the chance to compete for national titles.
Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School placed first and second, respectively, in the high school state competition. Meanwhile, Fishers Junior High School captured first place in the middle school contest, continuing its streak of top finishes since 2016.
Hamilton Southeastern will compete in the national We the People competition in Virginia in April 2019. Fishers Junior High School will have the opportunity to compete in the 2019 We the People National Invitational, where it placed first in 2018.
“We the People students are an inspiration to all,” said Charles Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation. “These students instill hope and confidence in our next generation of leaders.”
The Indiana Bar Foundation coordinates the We the People program in Indiana. It offers training and materials to teachers at no charge, organizes the regional and state competitions and provides financial support to schools that need help with paying for transportation and hotel stays.
Plainfield High School in Plainfield captured third place in the 2018 Indiana high school competition, while Castle High School in Newburgh and Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis rounded out the top five finishers.
Brown County Junior High School in Nashville and St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis finished in second and third place, respectively, among the middle schools.
Fourteen schools competed in the high school state competition that featured three rounds of questions. Twelve schools and 14 teams battled through two rounds of questions in the middle school contest. Wilbur Wright Middle School in Munster and Carroll Middle School in Fort Wayne each brought two teams.
About 600 Hoosier teens competed in the We the People state finals. The students answered questions, applying their knowledge of American history and the Constitution to contemporary issues. Attorneys and judges volunteered their time to pose the questions and score the responses.
More information about the Indiana We the People program is available here.