This landmark program engages upper elementary, middle, and high school students in a curriculum designed to foster understanding of American democracy, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students testify (while they test their knowledge and confidence) before a panel of volunteer attorneys, educators, and civic leaders. Regional competitions precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C.
OR High School We the People Competition Basics:
- Registration for We the People Regional Competition opens at the beginning of the school year.
- Teachers register their team(s) for the regional competition or they can enter demo teams where they don’t compete but still participate in the event and get the same feedback from judges as a competitive hearing.
- The Regional Competition usually occurs in the 2nd week of January.
- The top 6 teams from the Regional Competition go on to compete in the State Tournament, usually in mid-late January.
- The winner of the State Tournament goes on to compete in Washington, DC at the National We the People Competition.
2019 Oregon We the People Competition
- October 15, 2018 – Registration for 2019 Regional Competition Opens
- December 8, 2018 – Registration Closes
- January 9, 2019 – Regional Competition (Lake Oswego High School)
- January 26, 2019 – State Competition (Hatfield Federal Courthouse)
- April 26-28, 2019 – National Competition (Washington, DC)
Please have ONE teacher or coach register per class or team.
You will need the following information to register:
- Team School
- Team School’s Address
- Team School’s County
- Teacher (Name, Address, Email, Phone)
- Names of all Team/Unit Coaches
- Number of students on team