Civic knowledge will be on display at State Showcase

Contact: Lisa Eschleman; OCLRE Executive Director; LEschleman@oclre.org; 614-485-3500
 
COLUMBUS (May 12, 2014) – What are the fundamental characteristics of a constitutional government? How did the Supreme Court acquire the power of judicial review? Why are First Amendment rights viewed as essential to the functioning of a free society? What is the role of a citizen in a constitutional democracy? 
 
These are a few of the questions participants will answer during the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Middle School State Showcase, which will be held May 15 on the campus of Columbus State Community College.
 
Students from the following schools will participate: Berwick Alternative Middle School (Franklin County), Gahanna Middle School South (Franklin County), Miller City—New Cleveland Middle School (Putnam County), Monroe Alternative Middle School (Franklin County), St. Paul School (Franklin County) and Sycamore Junior High School (Hamilton County). A consortium of home school students from central Ohio will form a seventh participating class.
 
We the People, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, gives students a unique opportunity to participate in simulated congressional hearings. Students showcase their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and evaluate, present and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. After providing a prepared answer to the competition questions, students undergo questioning by panels of judges including college professors, judges, attorneys, state legislators and other community leaders, who probe their full comprehension of the topic.
 
Students have been preparing for the hearings throughout the last several months and will earn either Superior, Outstanding or Excellent ratings.
 
We the People is administered in Ohio by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and nationally by the Center for Civic Education. OCLRE is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation. In Ohio, We the People is funded in part by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. For more information on OCLRE, please visit www.oclre.org.
 
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