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The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies We the People State Championship Team with Guest Speaker Rep. Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III and team teacher Chris Totaro.

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Outstanding Unit Winners from top are, Glenbrook School,
Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies,
Helen Cox High School and John Ehret High School.


Notable guests and participants on hand for the event were guest speaker Rep. Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III, Louisiana District 91; John Alexander, Louisiana Project Citizen State Coordinator; Tyler Barker, We the People Louisiana Alumni Representative and We the People District Coordinator Michelle Molina.

Louisiana "We the People" State Competition

Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118


The state competition was held at Loyola University on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Four teams, Glenbrook School, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Helen Cox High School and John Ehret High School, competed for the opportunity to represent Louisiana in the We the People National Competition that will be held on April 21- April 24, 2017. Haynes Academy’s team, led by Chris Totaro, emerged as the victor. Haley Bonsall from Glenbrook, Jonetta Jackson from Helen Cox and Bradley Kiff from John Ehret are to be commended on the outstanding performances of their teams.

















Judges

Unit One:  What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?
Christopher Wiseman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
Loyola University, New Orleans

Tyler Barker, Ph.D.
We the People State Alumni Representative

Lauren E. Godshall, Attorney at Law
Curry
and Friend, APLC, New Orleans

Rana Thabata
We the People Alumni

Unit Two: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?
Belinda M. Cambre, J.D., Ph.D., Teacher
Louisiana State University Laboratory School, Baton Rouge

Christopher A. Meeks, Attorney at Law
Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, Metairie

Bryce Menge

We the People Alumni

Kathyrn Cook
We the People Alumni

Unit Three: How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence?
Scott L. Sternberg, Attorney at Law
New Orleans

Marie Hoeven, J.D., Teacher
Edna Karr High School, New Orleans

Brandon Thornton
We the People Alumni

Sabrine Mohamed
We the People Alumni

Unit Four:  How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices?
Jessica G. Braun, Attorney at Law
Louisiana State Law Institute

Josh Dyer, Teacher
Grace King High School, Metairie

Philip Lundy
We the People Alumni
 
Mariarenee Contreras
We the People Alumni

Unit Five: What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect?
Philip A. Dynia, Ph.D., Chair, Political Science Department
Loyola University, New Orleans

Heather W. Angelico, Attorney at Law
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC, New Orleans
We the People Alumni

Nahum D. Laventhal, Attorney at Law
Nationwide Insurance, Metairie

Martha Palmer, Teacher, Ret.
Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans

Unit Six: What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?
Roger White, M.A., Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences
Loyola University, New Orleans

Lawrence J. Centola, III, Attorney at Law
Martzell, Bickford & Centola, New Orleans

Jason D. Asbill, Attorney at Law
JD Law Group, LLC, Metairie

Hugh Ngo
We the People Alumni 

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Participating Schools

Congressional District # 1
Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies
Metairie, La.
Chris Totaro, Teacher

Congressional District # 2
Helen Cox High School
Harvey, La.
Jonetta Jackson, Teacher

John Ehret High School
Marrero, La.
Bradley Kiff, Teacher

Congressional District # 4
Glenbrook School
Minden, La.
Matthew Edwards, Teacher


Special thanks to the following people for their contributions to the program:

Rep. Walter “Walt” J. Leger, III 

Philip A. Dynia, Ph.D.
Roger White, M.A., Ph.D.
Christopher Wiseman, Ph.D.

John Alexander
Sgt. Calvin Bassett
Michelle Molina

Grant Dufrene
Willi Lucker
Thanh Mai
Emily Polvado
Rachel Rivas
Lilly Suthon