Feb 3, 2012 - Jan Stalcup, CheyenneEditor:
We took the opportunity to spend a few hours at the State Capital on Monday, Jan. 23, to observe the We the People state finals competition by students from Riverton and five other Wyoming high schools.
We the People is a civic education program that is designed to: "encourage and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles."
Hats off to the Riverton teams' teacher, Mrs. Kristy Richmond. What a treat to see sophomore, junior and senior high school students stand up to six minutes of questions from judges who included a Wyoming Supreme Court justice, a Casper district judge and a highly respected Wyoming lawyer.
Not intimidating for these kids. One only needs to observe this competition to be reassured that today's youth, and specifically these students, will be instrumental in shaping your community, this state and yes, this nation.
You can be proud of how the kids from Riverton High School represented your community. Sadly, federal funds for We the People are being eliminated. We encourage you to work hard to keep We the People active in Riverton schools.
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