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Brown County Junior High School wins state We the People competition
Updated on: 12.17.13

The Brown County Junior High School We the People team has walked away with a fourth consecutive state title.

The contest involves using knowledge of the United States Constitution to take part in a series of mock congressional hearings. This is the second team to win the honor under the leadership of teacher Michael Potts.

Saint Richard's Episcopal School in Indianapolis came in second in this year's state contest, followed by Helfrich Park Middle School in Evansville.

Last year's team of eighth-graders traveled to Washington, D.C., where it won the national title. This year's BCJHS team will also advance to the national competition in the spring.

Brown County High School competed Monday in a different group, placing somewhere below third place. Full results have not yet been released. Fishers High School finished first overall, followed by Munster High School, and Hamilton Southeastern High School in third.

This is the first year Brown County High School has had a We the People team in about 10 years, this time under the direction of high school teacher Gerry Long. The program was reinstituted at the request of a number of students who competed at the junior high level over the past three or four years.

Long says while the team competed well overall, landing a wildcard slot in the state finals based on its score in the regionals, it came up short of the state title.

"I was kind of rusty," Long said. "But we're definitely going to make some changes around the edges of the program to become more competitive over the next few years."

None of the students from last year's national-award-winning middle school team are yet eligible to compete at the high school level. The high school We the People class is part of the senior government curriculum.

The contest is hosted by the Indiana State Bar Foundation and involves 100 schools across Indiana and more than 30,000 students nationally.

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Joyce Reskin, 99, Nashville
  Mother of Laurie Embry of Nashville

Alva L. Miller, 81, Columbus
  Father of Marsha Ott and Karen Kincer, both of Nineveh

Alice M. Stines, 81, Taylorsville
  Sister of Leon Thickstun and Joan Dewar, both of Nashville

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