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We the People

Supported by the West Virginia Bar Foundation, “We the People” is a project developed by the Center for Civic Education in 1987 and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. The text material in “We the People” provides a vivid and thorough understanding of the principles which support our way of governing. Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger served as the chair of the commission and stated:

“Many Americans have but a slight understanding of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the later amendments to which we pledge our allegiance. The lessons in this book are designed to give you, the next generation of American citizens, an understanding of the background, creation, and subsequent history of the unique system of government brought into being by our Constitution. At the same time, it will help you understand the principles and ideals that underlie and give meaning to the Constitution, a system of government by those governed.” (We the People, 2003)

After regional and statewide competitions, the Herbert Hoover High School team from Kanawha County was selected to be West Virginia’s representative in the “We the People” national event in Washington, DC, in April. This program is an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn about constitutional rights and responsibilities and then discuss these issues before panels of judges. A large majority of the more than 35 persons who judged the competition this year were lawyers and members of the state’s judiciary. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Joseph Goodwin and WV Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin made presentations to the students and their teachers during the final event.

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U.S. District Court Chief Judge Goodwin presents the winner’s plaque to the students from Herbert Hoover High School, with their teachers, Debi O’Dell and Dennie Duncan, for the “We the People” program.