July 6, 2010
About 70 people attended a Hagerstown TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party "Restore the Constitution" rally and student speech contest Tuesday in front of the Washington County Courthouse. Carl Thayer of Frederick County, Md., sang songs. Jimmy Smyly, 18, of Big Pool, won $76 for having the best student speech. He spoke about what the Constitution means to him, his future and the country. The other two contestants were Sharayah Carbaugh of Clear Spring and Kari Snyder of Rohrersville.
January 6, 2011
Lately my son has been studying two government documents that are very different in nature: The Constitution and “All You Need to Know about Your Driver’s License.” The first document was eloquently written in 1787 and provides the foundation for our government. The second document was written in 2003 and prepares young drivers for the road. My son’s motivation for studying the first is two-fold. He is taking a U.S. History class and he is working on a scholarship essay about the Constitution.
December 18, 2009
HAGERSTOWN --Â A group of students from St. Maria Goretti High School will head to Annapolis in February to vie for the state title in the We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution competition. The annual contest, which pits teams from high schools against each other by testing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, was held locally Friday at Hagerstown Community College. St. Maria Goretti edged Clear Spring High School for the right to represent the 6th Congressional District at the state competition.
March 18, 2008
While many Americans couldn't even say for sure how many amendments are in the U.S. Constitution, students in Boonsboro High School's advanced-placement government class could easily rattle off which rights each amendment grants. This class, taught by Karri Ernst, has won district and state titles in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. In early May, Boonsboro's team will represent Maryland at the national "We the People" competition.
June 23, 2008
Del. Chris Shank visited Boonsboro High School's "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" state championship team May 30 and awarded certificates to each of the students to recognize their efforts in mastering and applying constitutional concepts. The team, consisting of students from grades 10 through 12, competed in the national competition in Washington, D.C., in May and finished 28th out of 51 teams participating. The state championship team consisted of the following students: Brennen Baylor, Morgan Bove, Amanda Bussard, Dan Dagenhart, Becca Demers, David Engle, Worth Gordon, Dustin Harmon, Alora King, Brianna Miller, Kavon Mirdamdi, Rachael Morningstar, Mandy Newton, Ryan Peters, Justin Pfiefer, Elspeth Rawlings, Evan Reeves, Becky Smith, Jessica Smith and Kelechi Urama.
November 21, 1996
By ELLEN LYON Staff Writer A church that ministers to gay and lesbian people will be invited to join the Washington County Council of Churches after council members decided Wednesday that the church met the membership requirements. "The decision has been made. Some people are uncomfortable with that decision but it has been made, in a very messy fashion as I expected it would," Rabbi Charles P. Rabinowitz, president of the Washington County Council of Churches, said at the end of the meeting.
September 18, 2007
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. " Today the U.S. Constitution is viewed as a symbol of American culture and effective democracy. Sept. 17 is the day set aside by Congress to honor the Constitution.
February 13, 2013
Are 'defenders of the Constitution' steadfast? To the editor: Watching all those “defenders of the Constitution” come out of the woodwork, I am wondering: Do these people know that there is more to the Constitution than the Second Amendment? Do they know that constitutional amendments can in fact be repealed according to the Constitution? If, say, a qualified majority of federal and state legislators repealed the Second Amendment, would those “defenders of the Constitution” still defend the Constitution and faithfully give up any banned firearms they own?
January 21, 2013
The Boonsboro High School team that won the 6th Congressional District “We the People” competition in December is preparing for the state program, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Maryland Hall for Performing Arts in Annapolis. “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” promotes an understanding of the history and principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The competition is based on a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges.