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AP Government class takes third in competition
|Pictured: Annie Adkins, Tre Bradley, Brock Butcher, James Derheim, Amber Fairchild, McKayla Henson, Jessica Kindzerski, Haley McLendon, Michelle Monger, Scott Olson, Anders Pederson, Parker Philipps, Kaitlyn Poss, Rebekah Russell, Rylee Stewart, Codi Uecker, Cheran Waltari, Maida Walters, Sydney Wier and Carl Wright.Jaden Schultz holds his first place certificate from the 2015 Junior High School Geo Bee, next to contest facilitator, Krystal Ferguson. Photo by Luke Brandon|
Article courtesy of the Lewistown NewsArgus, published January 31, 2105.
Students from Fergus High's Advanced Placement Government class competed in Helena last Tuesday, flexing their constitutional muscle. The competition featured teams from across the state and simulates a series of congressional hearings. Students were required to write a series of papers based on constitutional principles, present them to a panel of judges and then be cross examined by the judges. During the cross examination phase, the panel of judges asks questions ranging from constitutional philosophy and history, to application of the principles to current day issues. Fergus High School placed third in the competition, with 822 points, only 26 points out of first place, which was captured by Laurel.
AP Government teacher Luke Brandon said, "These students have worked very hard this semester to prepare for the competition. They have worked collaboratively and learned to respectfully disagree, while thinking deeply about the foundations of our government. They probably know more about the constitution than most people in our country at this point. They really are prepared to take full advantage of their citizenship and participate in our representative democracy. They were really nervous about the cross examination phase, but they stepped up + and I was very proud of them."
The competitors were treated to lunch and a keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean. The competition is sponsored by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, and was held at the Colonial Red Lion Hotel in Helena.