One of the most consistently successful co-curricular activities in the District, the Maine South Constitution Team has received Foundation grant support to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. every year since 2008--and the road to D.C. is defined by discipline and hard work. These senior AP Government students must prepare statements and answer questions about a variety of historical and current issues involving the Constitution--and then compete in state level competitions structured similarly to a congressional hearing. Below are some photos from last year’s Illinois state competition at the Federal Building in Chicago.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the finals in D.C. this year, students competed in a virtual competition via Zoom--and the Maine South Constitution Team fared well, particularly Unit 5; you can view this Zoom presentation and questioning below.
When the live competition was cancelled and the funds granted to the Maine South Constitution team for their trip to D.C. were returned, The Foundation was pleased to donate those funds to the Maine 207 COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
"I have just recently graduated from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, IL -- the alma mater of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this most recent year, I have participated in the We The People Program run by the Center for Civic Education, and was on my school's Constitution team which represented the state of Illinois at the National We The People Constitution competition. Being on the Constitution team was a perspective altering and immensely enlightening experience -- one in which I learned to form and practice into my own an ability to critically synthesis philosophies and ideologies which shape our society, to be considerate of and invested in my own role as a citizen of our democratic nation, and to take into account the many perspectives which intersect to form the bigger picture. This experience, cultivated with the help of the program support from the Maine Education Foundation and to whom I owe much gratitude for, is one which we should strive to provide for all our young and aspiring learners as they grow to become an integral part of our cities, states, Nation and world."
Omar Farrag, Class of 2020