Amador Valley High School's competition civics team won the California state championship Friday at the statewide "We the People…" competition. It was the tenth time that Amador topped all other California teams, giving Amador another chance to compete in the national competition scheduled for April.
Foothill High School finished second in the Sacramento competition, with Arcadia High taking third. 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.