We The People

This landmark program, co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, engages upper elementary, middle and high school students in a curriculum designed to foster understanding of the institutions of American democracy, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” (while they test their knowledge and confidence) before a panel of volunteer attorneys, educators and civic leaders.

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IMPORTANT: Funding for We the People was not included in Congress’ last budget. But both Classroom Law Project and the Center for Civic Education remain open for business. CLP is funded through a variety of sources – including friends like you – and we remain committed to quality civic education in the classroom and We the People is a part of that. We will continue to support the WTP program with:

  1. professional development,
  2. classroom support, and
  3. district and state competitions for high school.

We the People High School Competition

Each January, the acclaimed We the People competition brings together high school teams from around the state. Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take positions and ultimately defend those positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues during a simulated congressional hearing. Regional competitions in Portland, Pendleton and Eugene precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Results of the 2014 We the People State High School Competition

At the 2014 We the People State Competition, six teams from around the state faced panels of judges who quizzed students on the content, history, influence and flexibility of the Constitution. There were 36 state and federal judges, constitutional scholars, and other civic leaders. 

The schools finished in the following order:

  • First Place: Lincoln High School
  • Second Place: Grant High School
  • Third Place: Franklin  High School
  • Fourth Place: Lake Oswego High School
  • Fifth place: Central Catholic High School
  • Sixth place: Sisters High School

View photos from the 2014 We the People State Competition. The password is “CLP2014″ and is case-sensitive. 

Thank you to all of the judges who joined us at the Regional and State We the People Competitions!

View the 2014 We the People hearing questions at the Center for Civic Education website by clicking here

Previous We the People State Competition Winners

Click to View Past Winners!
2013 Grant HS
2012 Lincoln HS
2011 Grant HS
2010 Lincoln HS
2009 Grant HS
2008 Grant HS
2007 Grant HS
2006 Grant HS
2005 Grant HS
2004 Grant HS
2003 Lincoln HS
2002 Grant HS
2001 Lincoln HS
2000 Lincoln HS
1999 Lincoln HS
1998 Lincoln HS
1997 Lincoln HS
1996 Lincoln HS
1995 Lincoln HS
1994 Lincoln HS
1993 Lincoln HS
1992 Lincoln HS
1991 Lincoln HS
1990 Lincoln HS
1989 Lincoln HS
1988 Lincoln HS
1987 Lincoln HS

Check Out These We the People Videos! 

Click to Watch Videos of the 2012 We the People National Champtions - Lincoln High School

National We the People Hearings – Prepared Remarks

National We the People Hearings – Follow Up Q & A

Watch Representative Suzanne Bonamici honor the Lincoln High School team on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Watch this Explanation of the We the People Competition!

Watch this video from David Douglas High School for a fun explanation of the We the People Competition.

Non-Competitive

High School – students who would like to participate in We the People, but aren’t quite ready for competition, also have an opportunity to showcase their constitutional knowledge.  Demonstration Hearings are held during your district’s competition.

Elementary & Middle School – Select 5th-8th grade students have the opportunity to present We the People simulated congressional hearings to a panel of legislators, civic leaders and members of the State Champion We the People team. This event is in conjunction with Project Citizen Showcase at the Capitol where simulated congressional hearings take place the following day.  Project Citizen portfolios are displayed on both days.

Click here for more information about We the People & Project Citizen Days at the Capitol.