Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 13, 2009

Amador moves on to D.C. in 'We the People' civics competition

Foothill High trails by just 5 points, garnering second place in statewide level last Friday

by Jeb Bing

Amador Valley High School's competition civics team will be competing at the nationwide level of the "We the People" competition after an impressive win last Friday.

Pleasanton's two high schools garnered first and second-place finishes in the competition. Amador won the California state championship, the tenth time that the school topped all other California teams, giving them another chance to compete in the national competition scheduled for April.

Foothill High School finished second, with Arcadia High taking third. There was only a 5-point spread between Amador and Foothill's score. Centennial High School in Bakersfield finished fourth among 12 teams from high schools in the state that competed.

After two days of simulated hearings, during which students were required to apply constitutional principles and historical facts to contemporary situations, the class from Amador emerged as the state champion.

According to Attorney Ben Glickman, a former "We the People" participant, this is the eighth year that Amador competition civics teams have won state championships and competed in the national contest. He said the school fielded teams in the nationals in 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 1995, Amador won the national championship.


Posted by Way to go, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Congratulations to both teams it is truly an impressive feat. These are the future leaders of our town, state and country. Hopefully they can do a better job then what's currently going on.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Feb 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm

An outstanding and impressive history, but I think you got the years wrong, Jeb. They aren't listed as going to D.C. in '95, yet they won?? What'd they do?? Phone it in??


Posted by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Feb 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

It's a given "Uncle Homer." Figure it out.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Feb 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

OK... I 'figure' att'y Glickman might know the Constitution, but can't count. Right??


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