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MLWGS We the People team places 5th at 2018 Nationals

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Student team at national competitionAfter three riveting days of simulated congressional hearings on the history, present, and future of U.S. Constitutional system,  Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies from Virginia placed fifth in the nation.

This year Maggie Walker attended its 20th national hearings on April 28–April 30, 2018, at the National Conference Center in the Washington, DC area, where our students competed with more than 45 other teams from all over the nation.  The Dragons were aiming to continue the school’s unbroken streak of top ten finishes and they succeeded.  We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, is a civics and constitutional knowledge competition.

The ‘We the People’ program at Maggie Walker continues to help make Virginia a dominant force at nationals.

Thank you to Team Sponsor and Teacher: Mr. Sam Ulmschneider for his leadership.  Mr. Ulmschneider, who participated in the We The People program as a student in 2002, said “This experience is the exciting culmination of a whole year of rigorous research, practice defending your own ideas while analyzing those of scholars about the Constitution, and I know that it gives the participating students substantially more commitment to be active and engaged citizens for the rest of their lives.”

Team Members:

Morgan Ackley Ninfa Amador-Hernandez
Alexandra Barrett Claire Bencks
Kelin Carpenter Andrew Datovech
Idoia Dizon Ryan Ellis
Isabel Galgano Benjamin Hazelton
Thea Konefal Natalie Little
Emily Ma Ashley Nelson
Elizabeth Pearson Owen Peck
Catherine Qian Donovan Reynolds
Priya Singh Sadiesha Taylor
Brittani Telfair Elias Wolman
Rachel Zhao Michael Zmuda