Community and parent supporters of Amador Valley High School's Competition Civics team will hold a fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. this evening at the Firehouse Arts Center to help fund its trip to Washington, D.C. next month to participate in national "We the People" competition.
The team, coached by social studies and civics teachers Brian Ladd and Mairi Wohlgemuth on the Amador faculty, topped 10 other California high school We the People teams Feb. 9 in Bakersfield to earn the privilege of representing California in the nationals.
The "We the People" program is self-funded and doesn't receive any money from Amador Valley High or the school district. In Washington, the Amador students will be tested on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights by a panel of judges well versed in the subject.
Amador and the top teams from other states will vie for the top honors during presentations on April 27-29 with the winning team to be announced at a banquet on the final night. The competition will be conducted on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax County, Va., and in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.
It's estimated that the Washington trip will cost about $50,000.
Tonight's event is being hosted by Pleasanton Vice Mayor Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Councilman Jerry Pentin. Appetizers and wine are being donated by Pampered Palate Catering with desserts donated by Filigree Bakery Cakes and Pastries. The city of Pleasanton is providing use of the Firehouse Arts Center free of charge.
Suggested donations are $80 for the Citizen level, $100 for the Federalist level, $500 for President, $1,000 for Framer, and $1,500 for the Founder category.
Checks should be made out to Amador Valley Comp Civics. Contributions also can be mailed directly to the Civics group at Amador Valley High School, 1165 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton 94566.
Students who are on the Amador Valley "We the People" team are Dena Behnam, Grant Bonham, Sara Borchers, Grant Cohen, Courtney Dickson, Will Dormann, Teresa Duddy, Blair Guilfoile, Mekhala Hoskote, Shubhanker Kapoor, Bobby Lee, Mitchell Mayo and Sabrina McGraw.
Also on the team are Adriana Morton, Sri Muppidi, Jordan Nally, Jon Nieman, Alexis Orozco, Dhiraj Pangal, Henry Person, Jena Pianin, Nick Powell, Anika Riley, Adit Sinha, Arany Uthayakumar, Eric Yang, Yves Yang, Kashyap Yechuri and Ke Zhao.