Highlands High School (Fort Thomas Independent) has won the state championship in the We the People…The Citizen and the Constitution civic education competition and will compete for the national title from April 30-May 2.

Ohio County High School was the runner-up in the competition. A team from Owen County High School also competed and a team from Chandler’s Elementary School (Logan County) participated as a showcase team.

We the People … The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally-acclaimed civic education program that focuses on the history and philosophy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. In competition, high school teams participate in mock congressional hearings that require them to use their understanding of constitutional principles to defend positions on historical and contemporary issues.

At the national competition, the team from Highlands High will participate in mock congressional hearings April 30-May 1 in Virginia. The 10 teams with the highest cumulative scores after those two days advance to the finals on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on May 2.

The Kentucky Court of Justice and the Center for Civic Education in California are co-sponsors of We the People for Kentucky. The Administrative Office of the Courts, the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice, administers the We the People program on the state level.