Contact: Lisa Eschleman, OCLRE executive director, LEschleman@OCLRE.org; 614-485-3500
COLUMBUS - On Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, students across Ohio will travel to Columbus to compete in the annual Ohio We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution High School State Competition, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE). The winning class will advance to represent the Buckeye State at the We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C., on April 27-29.
Nearly 150 students from eight schools are preparing to participate at the competition:
- Archbold High School (Fulton County);
- Bishop Hartley High School (Franklin County);
- Findlay High School (Hancock County);
- Fostoria High School (Seneca County);
- Northmont High School (Montgomery County);
- St. Henry High School (Mercer County);
- Van Wert High School (Van Wert County); and
- West Carrollton High School (Montgomery County).
The competition will be held at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, home to the Supreme Court of Ohio, in downtown Columbus.
Judges, attorneys, state legislators, college professors and other community leaders from across Ohio will be judging this competition. Using their expertise and background, these competition judges will evaluate the students’ knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and their importance, impact and underpinnings.
“The participating students have studied the Constitution throughout the semester. At the competition, students will explain and debate the fine points of the document with some of the best legal and academic scholars in Ohio. It will be quite an impressive showcase of knowledge, poise and comprehension,” said Lisa Eschleman, OCLRE Executive Director.
We the People is a nationally acclaimed civic education program, helping students understand the history, philosophies and evolution of our constitutional government, focusing on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Upon completion of the classroom study, the students participate in a competition taking the form of simulated Congressional hearings, allowing the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. The program is administered in Ohio by the OCLRE and nationally by the Center for Civic Education.
About the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (the Center) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. The Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation sponsor the Center. For more information on the Center, please call (877) 485-3510 or visit www.oclre.org.