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Area students to participate in mock congressional hearing

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 21, 2011) — Students from Blythewood High School, Carolina Forest High School, The Scholars Academy, South Florence High School, St. Anthony Catholic School, Strom Thurmond High School, Wando High School, Wilson Hall and Wilson High School will compete in the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Columbia College.

We the People is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Its goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's students by enhancing understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and allowing students to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Students will compete in a mock congressional hearing and discuss critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective. The winning team will compete in the national competition April 27 through May 1 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The S.C. Bar’s LRE Division, which was developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been part of the Bar since 1976. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is made possible by a grant from the Center for Civic Education and an IOLTA grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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