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.