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We the People Team

About The Arvin High We the People Team….

The We the People program is a knowledged based competition centered on the origins, philosophies, and inner workings of the United States Constitution and government. It was developed by the Center for Civic Education, under a grant from the Department of Education. The team is composed of Arvin High Seniors enrolled in 12th Grade Government.

The competition format is that of a mock congressional hearing wherein the students take on the role of an expert panel who will testify before a panel of judges representing Congress. Students will give a four minute prepared speech followed by an open and unprepared question and answer session centered around the panel’s particular unit focus. This interactive back and forth between the students and judges ensures that the students must think and answer critically about the questions posed. This requires the students demonstrate superior knowledge and understanding of our system of government rather than a simple cursory knowledge of the facts.

In each class students are divided into six units which in turn focus on a particular theme for the competition.

  • Unit 1: What are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?
  • Unit 2: How did the Framers Create the Constitution?
  • Unit 3: How has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence?
  • Unit 4: How have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices?
  • Unit 5: What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect?
  • Unit 6: What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-First Century?

The Arvin High We the People Team is coached by Robert Ruckman, who is himself an alumnus of the program and Arvin High graduate. He is assisted by former Arvin High students and teachers Larry Hallum and Dr. Jim Young.

Students or parents who are interested in the program should contact Mr. Ruckman. Email

RECENT RESULTS
Class of 2016                                                        
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
Second Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
21st Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place
 
 
 
 

 

Class of 2015                                                        
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
21st Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Class of 2014                                                       
Unit 1
Second Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
Second Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place

 

 
Class of 2013                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place
**California Top 4
 
***NATIONAL FINALIST***
 

 

 
Class of 2012                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place

 

 
Class of 2011                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
First Place

 

Class of 2010                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
First Place

 

Class of 2009                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
First Place

 

Class of 2008                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place
**California State Top Four
 

 

Class of 2007                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
First Place
**California State Top Four
 

 

Class of 2006                                                       
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
Second Place
Unit 5
First Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
Second Place

 

Class of 2005
Unit 1
First Place
Unit 2
First Place
Unit 3
First Place
Unit 4
First Place
Unit 5
Second Place
Unit 6
First Place
20th Congressional District
First Place
California Region 4
First Place