Amador Valley High's "We the People" team is headed to the state finals being held Feb. 8-9 in Bakersfield after taking first place in regional competition. Foothill could move on as a wild card.
Last year, both went to the state finals, but neither finished in the top two, which both go on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. But the year before, Amador topped the state and placed second in nationwide competition.
Amador last won the statewide competition in 2009, the eighth year that the Amador competition civics teams had won state championships and competed in the national contest. The school fielded teams in the nationals in 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Amador won the national championship in 1995.
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City seeks folks to study cultural scene
Pleasanton is accepting applications for its Cultural Plan Update Steering Committee. The update will help planning for the changing scope of the city's arts activities. Committee members will summarize themes, trends and community priorities, assess resources, review demographic conditions and provide strategies for the needs of arts and cultural programs.
Positions are open for two parent representatives, who have children attending preschool, elementary, middle or high school; and one teen representative. Only Pleasanton residents are eligible, and they must be able to go to at least three meetings for a period of six to nine months.
Applications are available at the City Clerk's office at 123 Main St. or online at www.ci.Pleasanton.ca.us. Deadline is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27. The tentative date for committee members to be confirmed is Tuesday, Jan. 15.
For more information, contact Community Services Manager Michele Crose at 931-5347 or email@example.com.