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Carolina Forest High School and Dent Middle School win mock congressional hearings at S.C. Bar competition

January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 13, 2014)—Carolina Forest High School and Dent Middle School won the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competitions on Jan. 9. The win marks Carolina Forest High School’s fifth state title. Wando High School and Wilson Hall were named runners-up at the high school level, and St. Anthony Catholic School was named runner-up at the middle school level.

Participating students from Carolina Forest High School included Ryan Alawar, Erick Alvarado, Jonathan Burlinson, Evan Cox, Tori Creekmore, Ryan Custer, John Daniels, Chelsea DeChamplain, Taylor Estes, Emily Felig, Ryan Flynn, Dylan Fowler, Dillon Graham, James Hatton, Tyler Hazleton, Gunner Huggins, Linda Irving, Robert Jolly, Logan Jones, Patty Kramer, Rachael La Valle, Sarah Jane Lowe, Luke Mills, Keith Negri, Preston Nettle, Autumn Owens, Eden Perets, Alisha Petrizzo, Kasee Poat, Jauntavia Prather, Robbie Reardon, CJ Reyes, Joey Riotto, Kay Sheth, Jake Smith, Billy Sparks, Melanie Stefanchik, Kalie Strange, Austin Strickland, Jessie Strickland, Paige Thompson, Chandler White, Abel Wilson, Michael Wynne and Ryan Yurachek. The teacher coach was JJ Iagulli.

Participating students from Dent Middle School included Anthony Androulakis, Pranav Bellukutty, Treona Benjamin, Hannah Chappell, Kate Ellis, Nate Flesh, Goutham Gopal, Abby Kim, Meghan Kim, Henry Kohel, Logan Nall, Patrick Orr and Bobbie Jo Skipper. The teacher coach was Marc Turner.

Carolina Forest High School is eligible to compete in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals April 25-28 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

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 students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and allowing them to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students competed in a mock congressional hearing and discussed critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective.

LRE thanks the following attorney volunteers who helped make the state competition a success: Stephen Cox, Steve Davidson, Lynne Farr, Evan Gessner, Emily Harrill, Hon. Alex Macaulay, Robin McLean, Timothy Murphy, Kevin Pratt, Tiffany Richardson, Eric Ruschky, Sarah Smith and Ericka Williams.

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 S.C. Bar Foundation.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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