February 22, 2010
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Secretary Linda McCulloch Welcomes “We the People” Competitors:
“One voice is powerful. A generation of voices can change the world.”
|Secretary McCulloch welcomes “We the People” competitors to State Capitol|
HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Monday kicked off the annual student competition “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” by welcoming more than one hundred students to the State Capitol in Helena.
“This is the People’s House, because it houses your government,” McCulloch said. “As American citizens, you are entitled to help govern your state and your nation, but you also have the responsibility to know how your government works.”
“Your generation is strong and educated. Your voice, and your friends’ voices, deserve to be heard. Extend your passion for civics to those less interested. Share your voice, and continue to make a difference in any way that you can. One voice is powerful. A generation of voices can change the world.”
“We the People” is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Judges test students on their understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s government by scoring prepared speeches, which are presented by teams in a style similar to a congressional hearing.
Students from across the state train all year to compete in the contest. The winner of the state competition will vie for the national title in Washington, D.C. in April.
“You all have bright futures ahead of you,” McCulloch continued. “You’re determined; you’re focused; and you understand that participation in government is the foundation to our democracy. Good luck in today’s competition. You have already won in my book.”