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Boonsboro High students to display knowledge of Constitution

School represents Maryland in national competition

School represents Maryland in national competition

May 02, 2008

Boonsboro High School students will represent Maryland this weekend in a national competition.

About 1,200 high school students from all 50 states and the Northern Mariana Islands will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the 21st annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

The competition will begin Saturday in Arlington, Va., and end with an awards banquet Monday evening. The top 10 teams will compete that day.

Students serve as expert witnesses testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. To reach the national finals, classes won first place in state competitions. Students are scored on their opening statements and answers to follow-up questions by a panel of judges, who grade the students on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness and participation. The national finals judges include state supreme court judges, state legislators, political scientists, historians, attorneys, journalists and We The People alumni, among others, according to a press release.

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First-, second- and third-place classes receive trophies and individual medallions, with special awards given to the other top-10 finishers. Nonfinalist classes with the top scores in each of the six units of curriculum and in each of the five geographic regions also receive awards during the Monday evening banquet, the press release stated.

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What: The 21st annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals

When: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va.

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