Fishers bested its rival Hamilton Southeastern to capture a first place in the high school regional round of the Indiana Bar Foundation’s We the People competition held Nov. 2 and Nov. 4.
The top regional teams from each of Indiana’s four regions will advance to the state high school championship Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 with victor going on to represent the Hoosier state at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Last year, Fishers fell short in the state finals, coming in as runner-up to the winner Hamilton Southeastern.
Each year, high school and middle school students compete in We the People which allows them to test their knowledge of the Constitution and practice their oratory skills. As were the 2020 competitions, this year’s regional was held virtually.
“The Indiana Bar Foundation is proud to support this innovative educational initiative,” said Charles Dunlap foundation president and CEO. “Without assistance, educators work with students to research and prepare for the simulated Congressional hearing-styled competition. Our students are simply amazing and are great ambassadors for the state.”
Alben Marco, a student at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, told the Indiana Bar Foundation in 2020 the activity provided a much-needed relief.
“During the pandemic, We the People was one of the few things that got me to think of something rather than just the chaos that surrounded us,” he said. “This was a great experience and something I will never forget….”
The 2021 high school regional We the People award winners are:
Southwest Region Awards
First: Castle High school
Second: Evansville North High School
Third: Jasper High School
Central Region Awards
First: Fishers High School
Second: Hamilton Southeastern High School
Third: Plainfield High School
Northeast Region Awards
First: Homestead High School
Second: Heritage Jr/Sr High School
Northwest Regional Award
First: West Lafayette High School
Also Qualifying for State
Covenant Christian High School
Franklin Central High School
New Palestine High School