Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
In December, Pennington Traditional School sent six groups of middle school students to compete in the regional We the People competition through Virginia Civics. The competition was held at Patriot High School. Six middle and high schools competed in a faux congressional hearing to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise on topics related to American history and the government.
Pennington Traditional received first place in the middle school level and will advance to the state competition, which will be held on Jan. 25 at the University of Virginia. Additionally, one group made up of sixth-graders Michael Crupi and Adi Telugu Guvvala, and seventh-graders Juris Field and Skye Green, won the Best Unit Award from the six Pennington teams.
The simulated congressional hearing not only deepens student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, it also builds important 21st-century workplace skills and dispositions, such as working cooperatively as a team, public speaking, managing conflict, and reaching consensus.