The Browne Academy eighth grade placed first in the Middle School "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" state competition on Saturday, Feb. 11. The competition took place in the 4th District Courthouse in Richmond.
Browne Academy competed against 11 other teams representing each congressional district from across the state. Coached by their history teacher, William Marshall Stribling, the team participated in mock congressional hearings testing their working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.
On Jan. 12, Browne Academy won the 8th District "We the People" competition, making them eligible to compete in the state competition.
"We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" is a competition in which high school and middle school students take part in a mock congressional hearings that include four minutes of prepared testimony and six minutes of questions and answers. Subjects include historical, political, and Constitutional issues.
This is the third year that Browne Academy has finished in the top five. Browne Academy earned second place in 2010 and fifth place in 2011.
Browne Academy is a co-ed preschool through eighth grade independent school located in Alexandria, Virginia.