1/3/2013 11:39:00 AM "We the People" 1st at state contest
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls High School Advanced Placement Government class placed first at the Dec. 6 "We the People" State competition at the Capitol in St. Paul.
The competition is a simulated Congressional Hearing where students work in teams to prepare and present statements to a panel of judges on six questions that test their knowledge and understanding of the Constitution.
Cannon Falls was second last year but was first in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"This was the first time since competing in this competition that we've won 5 out of the 6 units and had the highest scores produced by all six units," said Heather Loeschke, who teaches and coaches the team along with Tony Meyer.
"The judges were very complimentary of the kids' work and knowledge," said Loeschke.
The team was visited by Governor Dayton.
The CFHS team qualifies to represent the State of Minnesota at the national competition in Washington, D.C in the Spring. There is no federal or state funding available to help with transportation as there was in some past years, said Loeschke.
She estimates the total cost of the trip at around $32,000 and says the group will have to fully fund raise on their own. "We're actively looking and hoping for financial contributions from local as well as state organizations, businesses, and groups," said Loeschke.
"We've asked the local banks to set up accounts if the local public would like to donate. Or, if people would like to send checks to the school, they can make them out to the CF Education Foundation (tax free donation) and put on the memo line "We the People."