CHARLESTON - West Virginia students have channeled our Founding Fathers as part of the "We the People the Constitution in our Lives" video contest.
The West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Department of Education sponsored the contest for public school students in an effort to spotlight the importance of the U.S. Constitution.
"Our nation was built on the strength of the U.S. Constitution," said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. "As we try to develop well-rounded students who become productive adults it is important to engage these young people in civics education."
The winners of this year's video contest are:
For high school: First place went to "All about the Constitution" submitted by Austin Susman of George Washington High School in Kanawha County; and second place went to "We the People" by Megan Davis from Philip Barbour High School in Barbour County
For middle school: First place went to "The Constitution in our Lives" by Shamil Patel of Barboursville Middle School in Cabell County; and second place had a tie between "The Making of our Bicameral Legislature" by Daniel Flowers of Mountaineer Middle School in Monongalia County, and "An Active American's Constitution" by Nathaniel Flohr of Taylor County Middle School in Taylor County.
Videos were judged on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality. Winning videos can be viewed at wvde.state.wv.us/wvstatebar, or by visiting the WVDE YouTube channel.
First-place winners received $500, while second-place finishers won $250.The contest was open to West Virginia public school students in grades six through 12.
The creators of the first-place videos also were invited to attend The West Virginia State Bar's Annual Meeting on April 20 in Wheeling.
More information is available by contacting Mike Frazier at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-697-4370 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Liza Cordeiro at the WVDE Office of Communication at 304-558- 2699.