Congratulations for participating in the
25th Anniversary We the People National Finals! 

Dear Teachers:

We at the Center for Civic Education appreciate your hard work and dedication to teaching about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Because of your participation in the We the People program, your students have the opportunity to study and learn about important constitutional principles and ideas in preparation for participating in congressional hearings at the local and national levels. And, your students will acquire the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively participate in our constitutional democratic republic.

As a consequence of your involvement in the We the People program, your students are becoming more enlightened citizens ready to tackle the difficult political, social, and economic issues we all face as Americans.


Robert S. Leming, Director
We the People Programs
Center for Civic Education

Forms for Teachers George Mason Lesson
National Finals Class Roster
Model Release [Under 18] [18 and Over]

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Competition Information

Awards Ceremony Program
Hearing Questions
Rules of Competition
Scoring Criteria
Scoring Guide
Tips for Teachers

Hearing Score Sheet
Hearing Schedule
Division List

Teachers' FAQ

Who handles the students' travel?
WorldStrides handles the students' travel to the national finals. Your state coordinator will provide you with a package from WorldStrides after winning the state competition.

When will the competition scores be available?
Scores will be emailed to teachers by Friday, May 11, 2012.

If I have any questions, who do I contact?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director, We the People Programs or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Assistant Director, We the People Programs.


Information Desk

Saturday, April 28: Outside of Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center

Sunday, April 29: Outside of Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center

Monday, April 30: Cannon House Office Building, Room 121

Visitors, please register at the Center's information desk each day. Visitors will be issued a name or state badge that should be worn at all times during competition events. Your name or state badge ensures your access to hearing rooms. Visitors without name badges will not be admitted into the hearing rooms.

Hearing Rooms

Saturday and Sunday

The hearings will take place in the George W. Johnson Center and Innovation Hall. Because the hearing rooms are limited in size the number of open seats depends on the class size and number of parents and visitors. Every effort will be made to ensure that parents and visitors who have come to see a particular student testify will be seated in the room during that student’s unit hearing. Parents and visitors may stand in the back of the room unless otherwise directed due to fire codes and at the discretion of the teacher, room supervisor, or Center staff. To ensure that the hearings are not interrupted, parents and visitors will be admitted to the hearing room at appropriate break times (between units) and after the judges have left the room.

Everyone is welcome to observe the hearings. However to ensure fairness, anyone affiliated with a competing class (teachers, coaches, students, chaperons, parents, friends, relatives, etc.) may not enter the hearing room of any other competing class. Once a class hearing is completed, floor supervisors and Center staff will help direct classes and visitors exit in a timely fashion.

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Everyone is welcome to attend any of the hearings on Capital Hill. However, competing classes and people affiliated with those classes may only attend their hearings. In addition, classes competing during the afternoon and people affiliated with those classes may not attend any morning hearing. Because the hearing rooms on Capitol Hill are substantially larger visitors may be admitted to a hearing room after a hearing is underway at the discretion of the room supervisor. A Room Supervisor will be stationed outside the hearing room to monitor admittance. 

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Student Orientation Room

The Student Orientation will he held in the George W. Johnson Center. On the Saturday and Sunday there will be a half hour briefing for all classes before the hearings begin. Robert Leming, Director of the We the People Programs and Mark Molli, Director of Governmental Relations will officially welcome students, teachers, parents, and visitors to the 25th Anniversary We the People National Finals and address the students about important matters concerning the competition. Upon arrival floor supervisors and Center staff will direct students to the Orientation room. On Saturday the briefing will take place in the Cinema. Parents and visitors will be asked to wait outside because of the size. On Sunday the briefing will be held in Dewberry Hall. Parents and visitors are welcome. At the end of the briefing, floor supervisors and Center staff will direct classes to their hearing rooms. Once all classes have been dismissed, parents and visitors will be directed to the hearing rooms.

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the campus of George Mason University. The ceremony is the culminating event of the 25th Anniversary We the People National Finals. This is the time to celebrate the accomplishments of all of the students and teachers participating in the national finals. Approximately 1,500 students, teachers, judges, volunteers, Center for Civic Education staff, and special guests will be in attendance. Fifty-two recognition awards will be given to teachers. In addition, twenty-two class awards will be given, including six unit awards, five regional awards, a special George Mason question award, and tenth- through first-place awards.


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