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'We the People' wins another state championship

February 8, 2012

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Hudson Members of the state championship "We the People" team from Blackfoot High School include (front row from left) Kenny Smith, Ashley Bystrom, Erica Bruderer, Jordan Broadway, Daniela Wheelwright, Kellie Hay, Karen Alvarez. Middle Row: Tyler Lott, Mark Hudson, Nesso Forest, Kyra Babcock. Back Row: Logan Lindholm, Rhett Davenport, Jaden Davis, Tyrell Lyons, Cameron Baker

Blackfoot High School’s “We the People” competitive government team has claimed the state title for the fifth consecutive year. During the competition, students presented papers in small panels and answered challenging questions from judges.
Though the questions were difficult, the students rose to the occasion and impressed the judges. Several judges complimented the students on their preparedness, timing, and delivery. One judge said, “It’s a real treat to watch you.”
Several “We the People” helpers attended the competition. These helpers included Police Chief David Moore, Mayor Mike Virtue, and Glenn Rawson. Virtue thought the competition was “amazing.”
“These young people represent the community well,” said Virtue.
Rawson said this program is “the best thing for a community.” He said “students turned into citizens” because of this class.
Students were proud of their accomplishments and enthusiastic about the upcoming national competition in Washington, D.C. “We the People” student Nesso Forest said he had “a great feeling of success.”
Karen Alvarez, another student, was glad the teammates pulled together and won. She was also grateful for her coach, Blackfoot High School teacher Holly Kartchner, and the people who helped with practice panels.
“This wouldn’t have happened without Mrs. Katchner and the [volunteer] judges,” said Alvarez.
Students will participate in the national “We the People” competition April 27 through May 1.

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