A group of Laramie High School students were pleased with their sixth place standing from a state, We the People, competition in Casper held last Monday.  

There were groups of students from three different classes selected by a local competition to go to the district level where there were 19 teams. 

To compete again and go to the national competition in D.C. made up of over 1,200 competitors from 59 other schools.  

Tony Trent, senior at LHS, was in a group that qualified for the state competition felt accomplished about his groups work and felt it was a “payoff”. His group from Laramie claimed sixth place out of the 26 other teams from the district competitions.  

He was also happy about meeting important government people which were the judges. “Pretty much all the judges on the panel said we were well researched,” Trent said.  

Trent thought his team was well prepared and did good research and was happy to just have the knowledge and the ability to express it. 

The speech is four minutes long, and the judges asked questions for six minutes right after the speech is done and then judge them based on if they were able to relate it to the constitution.  

Other factors are the evidence, both modern and historical, reasoning, if they can back up their views, and if all members participate. 

The state competition was held last Monday, and Laramie was eliminated but the winner was Jackson. 

Laramie still walked away with their heads held high as Government and politics teacher, Meaghan Todd, does not care about the win but rather the experience and improvement.  

 “I care about that they just get up there and talk about government,” Todd said. “I think it’s a win for us, we were all more knowledgeable than before. I think the students actually getting in front of people, defend their view, and talk about government.” 

Todd was also not surprised at the fact the students went to state, she thought they did a good job and were looking forward to their performance in the state. 

The way students were chosen at the school was through a local school-wide competition. The judges were teachers and the vice principal who all asked some questions after the four-minute prepared speech was over.  

They asked questions for six minutes relating to the speech or the beginning philosophy questions to the students.  

The groups that were chosen to go the district competition were decided by the judges who filled out scoring guides. 

There were six units that a group was assigned to, one from each class. There were three classes, so this allowed multiple groups to be selected. 

One group from each unit were chosen to go beyond the high school to district and then were fined down in another competition to go to state. 

They were happy to claim sixth place and get the experience of it.