Three S.C. high school teams to represent state in “Battle of the Carolinas”

March 15, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 19, 2012) — Students from Wilson High School in Florence and Wando High School (teams 2 and 3) in Mt. Pleasant will represent South Carolina in the inaugural We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Battle of the Carolinas competition on Friday, March 30, in Charlotte.

These teams were runners-up in the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in January. Scholars Academy of Conway placed first and will compete in the national competition April 27-May 1 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Participating students from Wilson High School include William Barnes, David Boyd, Ryan Branco, Anand Chokshi, Marilyn Dean, Kelly Elliot, Davis Fortier, Markeda Jerido, Emily Weston Kannon, Alexandra Kawecki, Shelby Lewis, Zareya Lewis, Kristy Liao, Dongzhe Ma, Carmela Malin, Anjali Om, Aditya Pande, Nikko Smit, Elizaveta Talantova, Allyson Walters and Louise White. The team is led by instructor Yvonne Rhodes.

Participating students from Wando High School (team 2) include Reynolds Adams, Tanner Croft, Rachael Cunninghamd, Sanders Dargan, Zachary Fogleman, Chelsea Frasier, Zachary Glusman, Isabel Harper, Justin Henline, Paige Jellison, Adam Johnston, Patricia Jokl, Jack Meagher, Emma Miller, Savannah Miller, Dalton Mills, Nike Pappas, Amie Parris, Miranda Rodriguez, Nicholas Sottile, Michael Spires, Rebecca Sydow, Ayden Tarrant-Willis, Kimberly Varadi and Layne Walker. The team is lead by instructor Misty LeClerc.

Participating students from Wando High School (team 3) include Caitlin Armstrong, Bogdan Bordieanu, Alexandra Denton, Bobby Fabrizio, Diego Farias Canepa, Ashley Grueser, Emily Gugel, Tanner Hoisington, Josh Hull, Chelsea Kozma, Emilee Kutyla, David Leggett, Mary Lewis, Tommie Middleton, Sean O'Brien, Matthew Orvin, Michael Owens, Craig Rode, Anna Rogerson, Alex Shchetkov, Korey Whitmore, Fletcher Williams- and Jackson Wood. The team is also led by instructor Misty LeClerc.

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. In January, 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 part of the Bar since 1976. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is made possible by a grant from the Center for Civic Education and 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.