We the People “Five-peat”

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When people think of the words “We the People,” many think of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. However, several Sheridan High School students think of the We the People club. Sheridan High School’s We the People club has recently won their fifth state title in a row and is preparing to go to regionals in Washington DC.

We the People is a program around the United States that promotes civic knowledge and responsibility among high school students. The curriculum itself focuses mainly on the history and principles of the U.S. constitutional democratic republic.

Each conference consists of students presenting their opinions on certain subjects in front of judges. SHS Social Studies teacher and leader of the club, Michael Thomas, explains how a normal conference works.

Students in this club seem to enjoy working hard to get where they need to be. Members are required to be in Thomas’s first period Advanced Placement (AP) Government class. High school junior and We the People member Marissa Brenneman further expands on what they do every day in AP Government.

Although this has been Thomas’s first year leading the We the People club, this is his second year teaching at Sheridan High School. Thomas speaks on how his first year of leading is going.

To travel to DC for the regional competition, the club hosted fundraisers throughout the school year to afford the traveling expenses. These fundraisers they held include bake sales and even a silent auction. Although they accept donations, they strive to give back to their community while raising money to represent Sheridan in Washington DC.

Sheridan’s We the People team will travel to Washington DC for regionals on April 26, 2018.

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