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Arcadia High School wins national championship on U.S. Constitution

April 26, 2010 |  9:42 pm
Arcadia High School won a national championship Monday that tested students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

More than 1,100 students from across the U.S. and the Northern Mariana Islands began battling it out Saturday as part of the 23rd annual "We the People: The Citizen and Constitution National Finals."  Arcadia High and the other nine finalists faced off on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Students displayed their knowledge of constitutional history before simulated congressional committees made up of attorneys, public officials, journalists and scholars. The students were tested on subjects including the historical factors that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution and future constitutional challenges that U.S. citizens might face.

The program is run by the Los Angeles-based Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

-- Robert J. Lopez