We the People Results
Centennial crowned We the People regional champions for third straight year; will represent Kern at state meet
Approximately 300 local high school students put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the test on Saturday, Dec. 6 during the annual “We the People” congressional hearings competition at Golden Valley High School. In the end, it was Centennial High School that took home the victory in the regional competition. Centennial will go on to represent Kern County in the state championships to be held next month in Bakersfield.
The regional competition consisted of ten Kern County high school teams competing for a chance to win either the 21st or 23rd Congressional District title, depending on the district in which they were seeded. Arvin High School won the 21st Congressional District trophy and Centennial was victorious in the 23rd District. Centennial emerged as the overall region champion in very close scoring.
Arvin High School’s runner-up finish does not necessarily mean it is out of a chance to compete in the state championships. There are ten regional representatives. In past years, as many as two regions have not sent representatives leaving wild card openings for teams with the best statewide scores among runner-ups.
Competing high schools from the 21st Congressional District were Arvin, Golden Valley, Mira Monte and Shafter high schools. Centennial, East, Golden Valley, West, Taft and Liberty high schools made up the 23rd Congressional District.
Each team individually presented testimony in two rounds of six mock congressional hearings. Congressional committees, consisting of community scholars and civic leaders, posed one of three study questions to the students prior to the competition. Each team was allowed four minutes to present testimony. Then, for an additional six minutes, teams answered questions posed by judges involving constitutional issues raised by events in history. The combined totals of all six team units determined the winner.
Overall Congressional District Finalists
21st Congressional District ― First Place ― Arvin High School
21st Congressional District ― Second Place ― Golden Valley High School
21st Congressional District ― Third Place ― Mira Monte High School
23rd Congressional District ― First Place ― Centennial High School
23rd Congressional District ― Second Place ― Liberty High School
23rd Congressional District ― Third Place ― East High School
The event, coordinated by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, is made possible through a grant from Chevron. Other supporters include Golden Valley High School, Kern High School District, U.S. Dept. of Education, Center for Civic Education, the Honorable David Valadao and the Honorable Kevin McCarthy.