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Arcadia High School wins national contest on US Constitution

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Can’t remember the Sixth Amendment? Ask a student from Arcadia High School. They’re this year’s national champions in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” contest.

The contest is run like a congressional hearing. Students from around the country “testify” about their knowledge on a variety of topics, such as what the Bill of Rights protects and how the “values and principles embodied in the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices.”

Instead of congressional members, the students face a panel of state Supreme Court judges, historians and journalists.

After three days of tough competition, Arcadia High’s team of 30 seniors came out on top.

Arcadia’s no stranger to the “We the People” contest. The school won it back in 1993.

Several members of this year’s team have public service aspirations. One wants to become the first female president; another plans to be the first Russian nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.