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Middle school students display constitutional knowledge

Contact:  Lisa Eschleman, 614-485-3510

COLUMBUS – The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights came to life on Friday, May 17, 2013, when more than 300 middle school students traveled to the Fawcett Center on the Campus of The Ohio State University to participate in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Middle School State Showcase, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.   

“The depth of knowledge demonstrated by the students is truly remarkable,” said OCLRE Executive Director Lisa Eschleman.  “It is very exciting to watch the students apply what they have learned in the classroom to the important issues facing our country today.” 

The following schools earned the rating of “Superior,” the highest superlative awarded: Indian Hill Middle School (Cincinnati) and Sycamore Jr. High School (Cincinnati).

We the People is a nationally acclaimed civic education program, helping students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of our constitutional government. At the showcase, students participated in simulated congressional hearings before a panel of volunteer judges including attorneys and community leaders.  Using their expertise and experience, the judges evaluated responses to questions designed to explore students’ depth of knowledge and understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.   

We the People prepares students to be enlightened citizens through the study of the enduring ideas of America's founders, and the principles of constitutional government,” said Eschleman. “These students represent our next generation of leaders and active participants in the democratic process.” 

Middle schools throughout Ohio participated in the We the People showcase: Berwick Alternative Middle School (Columbus), Gahanna Middle School South (Gahanna), Indian Hill Middle School (Cincinnati), Miller City-New Cleveland Middle School (Miller City), Monroe Alternative Middle School (Columbus), Mt. Healthy Jr. High School (Cincinnati), St. Paul School (Westerville), and Sycamore Jr. High School (Cincinnati). 


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We the People, is administered in Ohio by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and nationally by the Center for Civic Education.  We the People is financially supported by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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.

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