Dent Middle School wins mock congressional hearing
Dent Middle School won the S. C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition January 9 at Columbia College. St. Anthony Catholic School was named runner up.
Participating students included Anthony Androulakis, Pranav Bellukutty, Treona Benjamin, Hannah Chappell, Kate Ellis, Nate Flesh, Goutham Gopal, Abby Kim, Meghan Kim, Henry Kohel, Logan Nall, Patrick Orr, and Bobbie Jo Skipper.
The teacher coach was Marc Turner.
We the People is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Its goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s students by enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and allowing them to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Students competed in a mock congressional hearing and discussed critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers, and current events based on a constitutional perspective.
LRE thanks the following attorney volunteers who helped make the state competition a success: Stephen Cox, Steve Davidson, Lynne Farr, Evan Gessner, Emily Harrill, Hon. Alex Macaulay, Robin McLean, Timothy Murphy, Kevin Pratt, Tiffany Richardson, Eric Ruschky, Sarah Smith, and Ericka Williams.
The S.C. Bar’s LRE Division, which was developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been part of the Bar since 1976. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is made possible by a grant from the Center for Civic Education and an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism, and understanding of the law.