By: Mason Branch

 

Laramie High School class traveled to the state capitol for a speech competition on Dec. 5&6.

The AP Government and Politics class participated in a competition of giving speeches in front of judges at the capitol.

The “We The People” competition took place on Monday and continued through Tuesday as the LHS class made it to the next round.

The class fell short of making it to nationals, which is located in Washington D.C.

LHS student, Paige Kuhn, was a part of this competition.

“We left the school at 6:45 a.m. and we got there in time for the hearings which started at 8:30 a.m.,” Kuhn said.

The class got to the capital early and gave their speeches in the morning.

“It goes in random order by which unit you are, and that’s how you present. I was in unit one and I went second. Me and my group went up and presented, and the judges gave us feedback and asked us questions. We watched all of the other groups present, and the judges also gave them feedback,” Kuhn said.

Each group would present their speech to a handful of judges who then asked them questions about the speech.

They would ask questions that would challenge the student’s further understanding of the subject.

“I was very nervous. It was very nerve-wracking, but we got it done and over with so it wasn’t that bad,” Kuhn said.

The class presented in front of real judges for the first time.

After the questions and speeches were over with, the judges would give feedback to the students about their speech and ability to answer the questions.

“We went and toured the capitol building, and then went to this judicial learning center,” Kuhn said.

The competition was held at the state capitol building in Cheyenne, WY.

“It was really cool. It’s really big and confusing, and it’s very easy to get lost. When we were touring we got to go to the Senate floor, and we got to talk to our state senator Mr. Rothfuss. He was nice, he was pretty cool. They kept a lot of architecture from when they first built it. It’s a super unique building. The dome is gold, which was really cool,” Kuhn said.

All teams competed at the capitol building, and then later met back up at the Little America Hotel for a dinner.

The LHS class went to a museum to pass some time before the dinner took place.

“We went to this fancy dinner where they announced the top six teams who would be moving on to the second day. My team made it to the second day. After the second day, the judges racked up all of the points and our team got fifth place. My unit had the most points out of everybody else in the class,” Kuhn said.

The LHS class finished in fifth place at the “We The People” competition.