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High School Students Compete Over Constitution

This week students from four South Dakota high schools converge on the state capitol to fight it out over the U.S. Constitution.

The South Dakota “We the People” High School State Competition gives students a chance to showcase their understanding of the Constitution.

Lennis Larson  is one of the coordinators of the program and a retired government teacher from Spearfish.   

He says the program intends to help promote civic confidence and responsibility among high school kids.

“I think we’ve seen that math and science has taken front and center stage.  So, it’s really exciting to see a social science class have some merit and activity that would promote it beyond just the time spent in class,” says Larson. 

Larson says the event takes place in legislative conference rooms and is held in a manner similar to a congressional hearing. 

The competition is sponsored by Chiesman Center for Democracy and other civic organizations.  

The event on Thursday, November 29th in the State Capitol is open to the public.  

You can find out more information on the Chiesman Center for Democracy website: