The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

May 7, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The National We the People competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., occurred April 25-29, and the Shady Spring High School team thoroughly enjoyed participating. We would like to personally thank all of the sponsors who gave financial support for our trip to Washington, D.C., as well as anyone who supported our team in any matter.

Between competitions, we toured historical places such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum, Mount Vernon, the United States Capitol and the National Archives, among other celebrated landmarks. Because we are students who are so interested in history, government and learning about the different aspects of these subjects, this expedition across our nation’s capital was the perfect opportunity to live out the experiences that we have studied and to expand our knowledge even further.

Not only was touring the city a pleasant and unforgettable experience, but the competition itself was incredibly fun. Being able to interact with state Supreme Court justices, lawyers and other individuals with such widespread knowledge of the government and the United States Constitution and present our understanding of these topics before them was an amazing feat.

The conversations with these prestigious persons helped further our comprehension of the workings of the United States’ democracy and look at the issues in our government from a different perspective.

The We the People program is definitely a great institution in which we would recommend all students participate if they have the opportunity to do so.

We the People State Champions

 Madison Birchfield

Mareya Birchfield

Samantha Farley

Darienne Lilly

William Mora

Landon Perry

Joshua Rhudy

Jessie Snow

Jon Stalnaker

Tyler Sullivan

Anthony Watkins

McKenna Williamson

Shady Spring High School

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