Amador Valley High School officials and students are celebrating the competitive civics team's fifth-place finish in last month's "We the People" competition.
Held in Washington D.C. from April 21-24, We the People is a national educational program that promotes civic responsibility. Competitions involve mock congressional hearings in which students have to prepare informational speeches and answer follow-up questions from a panel of judges.
Amador represented California in the national contest after placing first in the state's competition in February.
"We had a terrific team this year," Amador competitive civics coach Stacey Sklar stated. "I am proud of their efforts."
Added Amador principal Mike Williams, "Our students and staff dedicated countless hours to prepare for nationals and this impressive finish."
Amador's civics team has a notable history of success at nationals. Of the 15 times they have advanced to the competition, they've finished among the top 10 teams 13 times, taking home the title of national champions in 1995.
Led by Sklar, the team included students Bryan Tor, Steven Wu, Max VerKuilen, Meg Shriber, Peter Oh, Manan Khattar, Timothy Huang, Cindy Wang, Nitish Padavala, Anshul Shah, Japjot Singh, Kaytki Joshi, Sahil Kapoor, Ian Castro, Gowri Nayar, Madhu Krishnan, Rohan Tyagi, Brittney Kim and Arie Chen.
The team is still fundraising to cover costs for their trip to nationals. Residents who would like to contribute can do so by sending checks to Amador Valley High School: Comp Civics Program, 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.