West Virginia Students Get Creative with the Constitution

May 08, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the U.S. Constitution.

The contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar, rewards students for the best creation of a 3-minute video with the theme, "We the People: The Constitution in Our Lives."

"Understanding the origins of the U.S. Constitution and the role it plays in our daily lives is something that benefits all students," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "Students who participated in the contest developed a deep understanding of what the Constitution means today."

Sarah Law of Lewis County High School captured first place and Austin Susman of George Washington High School in Kanawha County was second in the high school division.

In middle school, Lsaha Peak, a home-schooled student from Berkeley County, finished first, while Shamil Patel of Barboursville Middle School in Cabell County was second.

"As attorneys, we recognize how the Constitution impacts our lives in so many ways," said Mike Frazier, attorney and member of the West Virginia State Bar Public Information Committee. "This contest is a fun way to get students to focus on something that seems to many young people an ancient relic. With budget cutbacks, civics education sometimes gets forgotten and we want to help the next generation recognize the Constitution is still relevant today."

First place winners receive $500 each. Second place finishers receive $250 each. Creators of the winning videos also are invited to attend the State Bar annual meeting on May 10 at Stonewall Jackson Resort. Videos were judged on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and quality. The contest was open to West Virginia residents in sixth through 12th grades.

To view the winning videos, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/wvstatebar/ or for more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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