We the People bios: Beck and Baughman

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Editor’s note: The Brown County Junior High School We the People team won the state civics contest championship in December and wants to win another national title for Brown County. But first, the team needs to raise about $35,000 to get to the contest in Washington, D.C., from April 29 to May 3. Send donations payable to “Brown County We the People Junior High School” to P.O. Box 578, Nashville, IN 47448. The Brown County Democrat is featuring members of the team each week until the contest.

Emma Beck


Hello! My name is Emma Beck and I’m in We The People’s Unit 3, which studies the ongoings of the Philadelphia Convention and Article I, II and III of our Constitution.

We The People means a lot to me. The connection you get with the people in it is different than any other connection you can get through school.

We The People is difficult, and you have to be very committed to it if you plan to succeed. We must “work hard and work smart,” as Mr. Potts would say.

I enjoy We The People because I always have something to do and something to donate my time to that benefits not only me, but my whole team. I like that no matter what unit you are in or what you study, you can go to any one of your colleagues and they would be more than happy to help you.

Olivia Baughman


My name is Olivia Baughman. I am in Unit 4 in the We The People class. The unit I am in covers topics about the federal system, the judicial branch and this year, Indiana.

I enjoy We The People because I know that this is a class that will keep me working and I will not get bored in. In the future I hope to stay involved in government and maybe I will do something as a career in life that it is involved in. This class is something that I will never forget, because it has changed my perspective on life.

Outside of We The People, I like to listen to music and play tennis with my sister, Grace.

Community foundation issues challenge grant

The Brown County Community Foundation is offering a $9,000 challenge grant to the We the People Team’s 2016 quest for the national championship.

This grant will trigger when the team raises $28,500 of their $37,500 goal.

“The pursuit and accomplishment of excellence by our Brown County Junior High School students is an achievement we can all be proud of supporting,” said BCCF CEO Larry Pejeau. “We congratulate Mr. Potts and the 21 eighth-grade students for winning the Indiana state finals and wish them success at the national championship in Washington, D.C., on April 17.

Tax-deductible donations toward the team can be sent to the Brown County Community Foundation with “BCJHS WTP” in the memo line.

The team also is conducting several fundraising events, including an online live auction which can be found at https://www.32auctions.com/wethepeople2016.