Hundreds of bright young students with anxious parents and other supporters impressed an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who judged the We the People Nevada State finals competition. We the People is a program intended to foster student understanding of American democracy, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Students from 12 high schools, who won regional competitions throughout the state of Nevada, including eight from the Clark County School District (CCSD), converged on the West Career and Technical Academy for the Nevada State Finals competition and wowed the judges with their presentations. It’s round-robin, debate-style competition, run in a manner similar to a sports tournament. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Elissa Cadish moderated the event and presented the trophies and awards. Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan received a standing ovation from the sea of students and families for his keynote speech on democracy and the Constitution at the closing ceremony. The top team from this event will advance to the national finals set for April in Washington, D.C.
The State Bar of Nevada hosts/sponsors the competition along with the Clark County School District, Washoe County School District, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Embracing Law Related Education and the justice professionals that make it all work.
First Place – Reno High School – 1,329
Second Place – Incline High School – 1,301
Third Place – Southwest Career and Technical Academy – 1,296
Fourth Place – Clark High School – 1,271
Fifth Place – Reed High School – 1,266
Sixth Place – West Career and Technical Academy – 1,201
Seventh Place – Canyon Springs High School – 1,195
Eighth Place – College of Southern Nevada High School East – 1,182
Ninth Place – Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School – 1,180
Tenth Place – Las Vegas Academy of the Arts – 1,134
Eleventh Place – Silverado High School – 1,107
Twelfth Place – ATECH – 1,105
The Results of the Unit Awards were:
Unit I Award Third Place Clark High School; Second Place Reno High School; First Place Reed High School
Unit II Award Third Place Clark High School; Second Place Incline High School; First Place Reno High School
Unit III Award Third Place Incline High School; Second Place Incline High School; First Place Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Unit IV Award Third Place Reno High School; Second Place West Career and Technical Academy; First Place Incline High School
Unit V Award Third Place Canyon Springs High School tied with Incline High School; Second Place Reno High School; First Place Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Unit VI Award College of Southern Nevada East High School; Second Place Reno High School Third Place Tie between Clark High School and Southwest Career and Technical Academy.
There was an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who volunteered time to judge the competition including: Professor Fred Lokken, Judge Elliott Sattler, former Assemblyman Marcus Conklin, Professor Rachel Anderson, Judge Andrew Gordon, Judge Cynthia Leung, Judge Gloria Sturman, Professor Sondra Cosgrove, Judge Scott Pearson, Judge Lynne Simons, Daniel Schiess, Esq., Professor David Tanenhaus, Professor Michael Green, Judge Philip Pro (Ret.), Justice Michael Douglas, Andrew Lingenfelter, Justice Nancy Saitta (Ret.), Mark Simons, Esq., Kimberly Maxson-Rushton, Esq., Magistrate Judge George Foley, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, Franny Forsman, Esq., Judge Richard Boulware and Judge Mike Nakagawa.