Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 21, 2014

Amador Valley High wins state 'We the People' competition

Heads to Washington for 13th appearance at nationals in April

by Jeb Bing

Amador Valley High School has won the California state "We the People" competition, giving the school's current competition civics team a place at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

The competition civics team from Foothill High took second place in the state contest after winning local and regional contests in its "We the People" district.

Amador's win again at the state level will give this year's team a chance to top last year's in the upcoming 27th annual "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National" finals.

After three days of simulated congressional hearings on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights last May, Grant High School of Portland, Ore., won first place, with Amador finishing second and Denver (Colo.) East High School finishing third.

This will be the 13th time Amador Valley has represented California in the national competition. The school's team won the nationals in 1995.

Members of the "We the People" team, their coach, school leaders, and community and parent supporters are now launching a campaign to raise over $60,000 in less than five weeks -- the cost to attend the national competition.

"We are totally self-funding and don't receive any money from the school or district to cover any of the costs," said Brian Ladd, Amador's social studies and civic teacher who coaches the team. "We need to raise the money by the first of April."

Jeremy Detamore coached the team from Foothill, where he is a world history and economics teacher.

The students on the Amador Valley High team are Bianca Bacaltos, Eric Chan, Naomi Chan, Alexandra Gonsman, Domnall Hegarty, Daniel Huang, Liana Huynh, Nisha Kale, Almas Khan, Kathryn Kitayama, Shilpa Krish, Emily Lu, Armin Mahini, John Malchar, Kaitlyn Mallie, Kabir Sethi, Lillian Sun, Jennifer Teitell, Kristina Vateva, Rose Wang, Jarry Xiao, Christine Xu, Jennifer Yip and Tandy Yuan.

Students who competed on the Foothill team were Alyosha Bendebury, Karen Chang, Jerry Cheng, Karbi Choudhury, Jasper Edwards, Kelsey Emery, Priya Gambhir, Olivia Hartjen, Rachel Herzog, Bryce Hwang, Charles Jin, Alex Keir, Fiona Lau, Roxy Moran, Charlie Morris, Marius Mueller, Melissa Muller, Elizabeth Peng, Jacob Richey, Jack Simmons, Jamie Suk, Chanel Vismara, Priyanka Walimbe, Yandi Wu, Alicia Yang, Kevin Yi and Katrina Zhu.

Those wishing to donate to the Amador team's travel fund can send a check to "We the People" Civics Team, c/o Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Contributions sent by mail are tax deductible, with a tax ID #: 94-3062524.

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