On Saturday, April 5, I had the honor of competing in the Second Annual “Constitutional Literacy Competition”. The CLC consisted of ten teams of four members each, and my team ended up placing second.
We were asked questions that dealt with our government, the Constitution and current issues, and some of them were pretty difficult. Pennsylvania State Representative Stan Saylor even stopped by to offer a speech.
“I think it was really nice of him,” Mr. Matthew Maris told me, one of the main organizers of the CLC. “He was supportive of it right away and I think it added an experience for everyone who was there.”
Mr. Maris, Ms. Megan Axe and Mr. Garrett Bull all have big plans for future CLCs. “We’d like to get more people out,” Mr. Maris said. “We try to put more information out to the community because it’s not only about the kids but everyone learning about the Constitution.”
“I’d like to see it expand to other schools in the county,” Mr. Maris also explained to me. “Personally, I think that it could actually turn into a nice competition and become a bigger and better event each year, especially with the involvement of other schools.”
The team of sophomores Megan McGuire, and Olivia Tarman and juniors Anna Lorenzen and Sarah Bernhardt ended up winning, and they deserved it.
“We kind of talked about different things that we know and then we decided on specific things to study” said Tarman, when asked how her team had prepared for the competition. “It was a good feeling, I was really happy when we won.”
Keep your eyes open for the future CLC’s down the line, whether it’s just students here at Red Lion or other schools too, we can all learn a little bit more about the Constitution.