We the People

 

Club Description:
AP U.S. Government & Politics/We The People is a college level course. Students study the U.S. government foundations and political theories with relationship to present day laws.

Location and Time of Meeting:
N/A

Key Events Dates & Times:
National Competiton in Washington D.C.

Cost / Fees:
To be determined

Moderator:
Jill Baisinger
Brad Berghoff
Harry Nguyen

E-mail:
jbaisinger@gocathedral.com
bberghoff@gocathedral.com
hnguyen@gocathedral.com


 

We the People

AP U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS/WE THE PEOPLE is a college level course. Students study the U.S. government foundations and political theories with relationship to present day laws. Students in this class also will participate in the national We the People… competition, which will require time outside of class for preparation and practice, making it co-curricular. The program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy, while discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students will have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. This course satisfies the Indiana U.S. government requirement.

The "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" Program promotes civic competence and responsibility. The simulated congressional hearing makes teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. This program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since the inception of the We the People program in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in this course of study.

2015 Nationals Photo Gallery from Washington DC!!

 

Cathedral History:

The “We the People…” program is still new to Cathedral High School, but has already been very successful. 2014 – 2015 is only the fourth year for Cathedral to have “We the People…” In four short years, Cathedral has won the 7th Congressional District competition all four years and has won the State competition two out of the last three years. The team is now preparing to go to the National competition in Washington D.C. this April. We are very excited with the vast accomplishments already achieved and look forward to watch the program expand and build on Cathedral's academic excellence.

 

Team Accomplishments:

2011 – 2012:

  • Congressional District 7 Competition Winner – November 2011
    • Unit 1 Winner: Haley Roach, Lauren Tolley, Guy Valponi
    • Unit 2 Winner: James Brokaw, Steve Longerbone, Haley Roach
    • Unit 5 Winner: Josie Barrett, Jim Kempf, Abby Helvering
  • 5th Place Indiana State Competition – December 2011

2012 – 2013:

  • Congressional District 7 Competition Winner – November 2012
    • Unit 1 Winner: Harrison Hensley, Maddie Lay, Jimmy Suess
    • Unit 3 Winner: Grace Bennett, Marguerite Fisher-Heath, Randi McQueen
    • Unit 4 Winner: Nick Buckman, Kathryn Habecker, Eric Hinkes
    • Unit 5 Winner: Caley Caito, Vincent Halloran, Maria Rush
    • Unit 6 Winner: Michael Brady, Natalie Laskowski, Shannon Scott
  • Indiana State Champions – December 2012
    • Day 1 Competition:
      • Unit 1 Winner: Harrison Hensley, Maddie Lay, Jimmy Suess
      • Unit 5 Winner: Caley Caito, Vincent Halloran, Maria Rush
    • Day 2 Competition:
      • Unit 1 Winner: Harrison Hensley, Maddie Lay, Jimmy Suess
      • Unit 4 Winner: Nick Buckman, Kathryn Habecker, Eric Hinkes
      • Unit 5 Winner: Caley Caito, Vincent Halloran, Maria Rush
      • Unit 6 Winner: Michael Brady, Natalie Laskowski, Shannon Scott
  • 5th Place Finish at National Competition in Washington DC

2013 – 2014:

  • Congressional District 7 Competition Winner – November 2013
  • Units receiving 1st Place
    • Unit 1:  Alex Dittmer, Sarah McClure, Susan Schrader
    • Unit 3:  Karli Bernal, Jack Mourouzis, Danny Steinmetz
    • Unit 4:  Sidharth John, Ian Kea, Luke Wojtalik
    • Unit 5:  Sidharth John, Ian Kea, Luke Wojtalik
    • Unit 6:  Karli Bernal, Angela Meng, Jack Mourouzis
  • 4th Place Indiana State Competition - December 2013
    • State Unit 3 winner: Karli Bernal, Jack Mourouzis, Danny Stenimetz

2014 – 2015: 

  • Congressional District 7 Competition Winner – November 2014
  • Units receiving 1st Place
    • Unit 1:  Alyssa Brelage, Paige Grimmer, Jon Hay
    • Unit 2:  Meagan Ball, Alex Piccione, Brenda Zavala
    • Unit 3:  Audrey Arbogast, Albert Jun, Miah McLaurin
    • Unit 4:  Meagan Ball, Michael Gillum, Julia Hinkes
    • Unit 5:  Alyssa Brelage, Jon Hay, Alex Piccione
    • Unit 6:  Audrey Arbogast, Albert Jun, Miah McLaurin
  • Indiana State Champions - December 2014
    • Units receiving 1st Place
    • Unit 2:  Meagan Ball, Alex Piccione, Brenda Zavala
    • Unit 3:  Audrey Arbogast, Albert Jun, Miah McLaurin
    • Unit 4:  Meagan Ball, Michael Gillum, Julia Hinkes

 
Click here to view 2014-15 team video            

Trip Fundraising:

In the past, the state winning team’s trip to the national finals was completely funded by the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Center for Civic Education, via a congressional earmark, but when Congress cut all earmarks, The Center for Civic Education lost its funding and the Indiana Bar Foundation’s ability to pick up travel costs have diminished as well. So, now we must fund the trip ourselves. If you are interested in more information on ways to make a tax-deductible contribution to Cathedral’s “We the People…” team, please contact Cathedral’s Development Officer, Michelle Taylor at (317) 968–7311 or mtaylor@gocathedral.com. Donations can also be made online (see link) or by check made payable to Cathedral High School (We The People in the memo) 5225 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226.


Invitation to all Alumni:

We’d also like to invite alumni to attend the upcoming practice sessions (see dates below). If interested in attending alumni would just need to email Jill Baisinger at jbaisinger@gocathedral.com in advance

  • Sunday, March 1st                            2 – 5 PM
  • Sunday, March 8th                            2 – 5 PM
  • Sunday, March 15th                          2 – 5 PM
  • Sunday, March 29th                          6 – 9 PM
  • Saturday, April 4th                            8:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Sunday, April 12th                            1:15 – 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, April 15th                      6 – 9 PM (dress rehearsal)
  • Sunday, April 19th                            2 – 5 PM

Competition in DC: Nationals 2015

Cathedral cordially invites her alumni, parents and friends in the DC area to support our We The People team as they represent the State of Indiana at Nationals. Details of the competition are listed below!

The 28th Anniversary We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals hearings take place on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and on Monday, April 27, in congressional hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

Approximately 1,300 high school students from across the country take part in the academic competition, which tests students’ knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The competition takes the form of simulated congressional hearings, where students serve as “experts” on one of the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 56 classes are divided into four, 14-class divisions. Each division competes in a two-hour session on both days. During a two-hour session, each unit team will be allocated 20 minutes: 10 minutes for presentations to the judges (4 minutes of prepared statements and 6 minutes of responses to questions) and 10 minutes for judges’ remarks and the changing of panels of judges. Students who are not making presentations will observe their peers during the hearings.

Cathedral’s hearing room is IH 105 (IH=Innovation Hall)

Saturday, April 25th Schedule:
Unit     Time
6          11:40
BYE    12:00
1          12:20
2          12:40
3           1:00
4           1:20
5           1:40

Sunday, April 26th Schedule:
Unit     Time
6           5:00
BYE     5:20
1           5:40
2           6:00
3           6:20
4           6:40
5           7:00

Sunday, April 26th 7:30-9:30
We The People Banquet and Finals Top 10 Announcement

On Monday, April 27th, the ten highest-scoring classes from the first two days of hearings move on to the championship round. Five teams will compete in the morning and five in the afternoon, following the same procedures as those noted above. However, the time for the student responses to follow-up questions will be extended from 6 minutes to 11 minutes. These will take place on Capital Hill.

Top Ten Finalists will be posted online after 10 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 26th.

Parking:

  • Saturday and Sunday visitors to the competition (George W. Johnson Center on the George Mason University–Fairfax campus) may park for free in Lot K. The walk from Lot K to the Johnson Center is approximately twenty minutes. If closer parking is needed, the Mason Pond Parking Deck will have limited availability for a fee of $3/hour ($14/day max) on Saturday and $7/day on Sunday.
  • Map of Campus: http://new.civiced.org/images/stories/WeThePeople/2013_Map_GMU_for_CCE.pdf

Metro:

  • The closest Metrorail stop to George Mason University is the Vienna Orange Line metro stop. On Saturday and Sunday, there is no free shuttle from the stop to campus, so taxi service is the only option.
  • Visitors must register at the Center’s information desk each day.
    • Information Desk Locations:
      • Saturday, April 25: Outside of Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center
      • Sunday, April 26: Outside of Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center
      • Monday, April 27: Cannon House Building, Room 121

Visitor Check In:

    • Visitors will be issued a name or state badge that should be worn at all times during competition events. Your name or state badge ensures your access to hearing rooms. Visitors without name badges will not be admitted into the hearing rooms. 

More on the Program:

If you are interested in more information on “We the People…” please contact coach Jill Baisinger at jbaisinger@gocathedral.com. The team is always looking for new judges to help expand the students’ philosophical, historical, and constitutional applications.

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