More than 100 high school students representing nine Missouri schools will gather Monday, Dec. 3, in Columbia to participate in The Missouri Bar’s annual Show Me the Constitution competition. Participating high schools include:
- Arcadia Valley
- Cole R-V Eugene
- Jefferson Co. R-7
- Joplin South
- Osage Co. R-1
- Schuyler Co. R-1
- Springfield Central
- Ste. Genevieve
During the events, which will take place at the Courtyard Marriott, student teams will be tasked with answering questions related to philosophical and historical foundations of American government, including presidential power in the 21st Century, First Amendment protection for hate speech after Charlottesville and the next amendment to the Constitution. Once a team presents its views on an issue in a mock congressional hearing format, team members will answer a series of questions from a panel of judges. Team hearings will begin at 8 a.m. followed by award presentations beginning at 2 p.m.
The winning school will receive $1,000 to spend on materials that will aid in their study of our constitutional system.
In preparation for the competitions, students have been studying constitutional materials in great detail for three months under the guidance of their teachers—many of whom attend the bar’s free professional development events for educators. Local lawyers, including several from the Young Lawyers’ Section of The Missouri Bar, have volunteered to serve as judges.
The Missouri Bar launched Show Me the Constitution in 2015, but has coordinated a mock congressional competition since 1999. The program is sponsored by The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section and Citizenship Education program.