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Bar News - January 14, 2011

Law Related Education: Special Guest Surprises We the People Participants

This year’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution District Competition was held on December 10, highlighted by a visit from Governor John Lynch, who surprised the students during the presentation of trophies.

"It was great to have the governor come and take part. It shows the students the importance of what they’re doing," said Law Related Education Coordinator (LRE) Robin E. Knippers. "And it shows him the quality of civics education that We the People provides to students."

Lynch thanked the kids for being actively involved in civics and asked several hard-hitting questions about constitutional law, including: "What amendment would you make to the Constitution?"

The answers reflected the informed decision-making and civic awareness that students develop during their participation in the We the People program.

"I would change the voting age to 16," said one participant. "If you look around you can see that we’re aware and conscientious citizens."

"I’m not sure that would be a good idea," said another. "While we may have an idea about what is going on in the world, many kids our age may not be as mature as they should be to vote."

Compromising, Lynch offered: "Well maybe if we just lowered it for participants in this room."

Three teams participated in this year’s District Competition, including: John Stark Regional High School; Nashua High School; and Milford High School, which won last year’s state competition and represented New Hampshire at the national competition in Washington, DC.

"The teams really showed the hard work they have put in. The scoring was so tight between them," said Knippers. "It only seemed fair to bring all three teams back for the state competition."

Teams were also presented with group awards that recognized the strongest presentation for each unit of the We the People program.

To learn more about the We the People program, contact Law-Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers.

Editor’s Note: The State Competition took place after the deadline for this issue of Bar News. In February we’ll announce the winner and present members with photos from the event.

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