Posted by AvFan, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Congrats to Keldon Clegg and these amazing students. Its awesome that these students can compete at this high level year after year. Many of the other schools competing have a multi-year program culiminating in their senior year; Keldon gets these kids to the same level in one year. He's amazing.
Posted by Inspired by Mohatt, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 2, 2011 at 8:56 am
Congratulations to the AVHS team! Especially to your teacher Keledon Clegg! What a historic night to be in DC as well! Please enjoy every second- it will be over before you know it! Amador Comp Civics is a true treasure of Pleasanton.
Let us all remember that this program stretches across all types of students and truly inspires kids to become not just more productive members of society but better people. I definitely was not an A or AP student but I found my voice in this program and through hard work and being pushed beyond what I thought possible (and some tears!) was able to learn more about myself than I ever thought possible. Many don't realize that this program is not just a typical AP type class filled with 4.0+ students- it is carefully composed of students from all walks of life that have different qualities to bring to the table. Each teacher is able to find qualities in students that they themselves didn't know existed when forming the teams and then the teacher is able to draw those qualities to the surface through inspiration and for those of you who knew Skip "constructive" (wink wink) criticism.
As part of the 1994 team lead by Skipp Mohatt we would also be remiss not to recognize the incredible foundational work by both Skipp and Brian Ladd both of whom taught thousands of students in the most inspirational and effective way; by example.
Comp Civics is so much more than a competition and I hope that our collective community continues to honor both the educators who sacrifice literally thousands of hours of unpaid service (just think about that next time you try to knock a teacher) and the students who set aside their insecurities at such a critical time in their adolescent lives to take a risk to push themselves to an entirely new level. One that will allow for tremendous growth and contribution to society.
Civic Virtue is a must, with great opportunity comes great responsibility and this program epitomizes and inspires its students, and the parents and community who support them.
It sure did for this long departed student.
On a last note- outside of my parents Skip Mohatt was the most inspirational and important person in my life and I would imagine many of Brian Ladd and Keledon Clegg's students will say the same if they have not done so already.
Good Luck and GO DONS!!! But remember the students and our society have already won.
We have common threads… Demons to conquer… Angels to treasure. Some along the way will create barriers. Some will open portals.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on May 2, 2011 at 9:47 am
Way to go! -- Amador Valley High School "Competition Civics Team" -- all of Pleasanton and California are proud of you and are rooting "big time" for you today. I have heard that the government funding for this great competition may go away from this after this year and that would be sad. Hopefully if it does in fact go away maybe Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet or some patriotic successful person from Silicon Valley could step in and provide the funds to keep this wonderful competition going forever.
Posted by Alyssa Hanou, AVHS alumna, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on May 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm
As an alumna of the 2009 National 3rd place championship team proudly representing California and AVHS, I can say I'm so proud of AVHS for making it once again to the final round at nationals! The entire program, and especially the last day, is a life changing and emotional time. By this time the final round is over and the team is waiting eagerly for results - as I am from across the country!
The article is great, with one flaw - the We The People program is no longer funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as funding for the Education for Democracy Act was cut in Congress recently. This means the program at the national level will not exist next year, to my profound dismay. At this point options include maintaining it as a state program, and I am reaching out to national and state elected officials to keep civic education a priority. I hope with all my heart this program can by some miracle be reinstated and continue to change the lives of young people across America.
Posted by Rene Siegel, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 am
Congratulations to Keldon Clegg, the incredible Comp Civics students and all the supportive teachers and alumni who make Pleasanton and California so proud! As a former Unit 6 mom, I know it takes a huge amount of time, study and practice to even advance to the State level, so to earn a second place in the nation is phenomenal.
Many former Comp Civics students go on to study law in college and use their experience and passion for the Constitution in a variety of careers that enhance our community. PLEASE continue to support this program and bring civic education to thousands of young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow.