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Carolina Forest High School and St. Anthony Catholic School win mock congressional competition

January 11, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 11, 2013) — Carolina Forest High School and St. Anthony Catholic School won the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution high school and middle school competitions (respectively) on Thursday, Jan. 10. This marks Carolina Forest’s fourth state title. The runners up at the high school level were Wando High School and Wilson Hall, and the runners up at the middle school level were Dent Middle School and St. Anne Catholic School.

Students from Carolina Forest High School included Sam Barrett, Caitlyn Brock, Malachi Cleary, Shelby Clemmer,Melinda Custer, Meagan Denny, Kyle Gibson, Austin Goodwin, Logan Hensley, Jordan Kent, Josh Kleman, Oliver Lentz, Andrew McDowell, Erin Naples, LanieReudy, Hayden Rothenberg, Danielle Schreoder, Olivia Trio, Tyler Vealy, AnaViera, Jeremy Walden, Isaac Wathen, Jessica Watts, Ashlynne Weagraff and Alicia Wideman. The teacher coach was JJ Iagulli.

Students from St. Anthony Catholic School included Nick Anderson, Nathan Guevarra, Mary Kooper, Emily Kozacki,Claire McLeod, Joel Poinsette, Elizabeth Roach, Caroline Spence, Nicole Barber, Elizabeth Frost, Jake Lewis and Cameron Spence. The teacher coach was Patti Odom.

Carolina Forest High School is eligible to compete in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals April 26-30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

During the course of the competition, several attorney volunteers served as judges. They included Stephen Cox, Lynne Farr, Evan Gessner, Robin McLean, Timothy Murphy, Tiffany Richardson, Eric Ruschky, Sarah Smith, Larry Vanderbilt and Ericka Williams.

We the People is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Students competed in a mock congressional hearing and discussed critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective.

The S.C. Bar’s LRE Division, which was developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been a part of the Bar since 1976. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is made possible by an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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