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Column - April 19, 2013

Amador's 'We the People' team heads to Washington

by Jeb Bing

If their presentations next weekend at the "We the People" national competition in Washington, D.C., is as good as at last Monday's final dress rehearsal, the 29 seniors on Amador Valley High School's advanced civics team should come home winners once again. Coached by social studies and civics teachers Brian Ladd and Mairi Wohlgemuth, this will be Amador's 12th time to compete in the national finals as the California high school champions and will serve as the culminating event of the program that has taken much of their time since the class started last August. Since New Year's, the team has spent at least 25 hours a week practicing and preparing, first for the state finals which it won in Bakersfield on Feb. 9, and since then readying for the finals April 27-29 against 52 other high schools from the U.S. and its territories. The group leaves Amador at 8 p.m. next Thursday for the finals.

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