The “We the People” team from East Bakersfield High School (EBHS) has been selected to attend the National Finals in Washington D.C., April 21-24, 2017 as the Warren E. Burger Class for 2017. Five years ago this special designation was introduced as a way to honor students from an economically challenged school that demonstrates a high level of academic achievement with an invitation to the “We the People” national competition.
"I have been involved in the “We the People” program for over ten years and the last four years as the teacher/Coach at my Alma mater EBHS. It is an honor to be selected as the Warren E. Burger Class and competing at the National Finals in Washington D.C. for the first time in the 79 year history of EBHS. This is a once in a life time opportunity for the students of EBHS to showcase their academic excellence at the National level.” - James Dominguez “We the People” Teacher/Coach, EBHS
The teams are currently practicing and fundraising for this amazing experience. The team of 19 students need to raise $43,200 to cover expenses for the trip to the National Finals. Two fundraisers are coming up:
Saturday, March 18th : Car Wash with Breakfast
7:00 am -1:00 pm
EBHS campus, Mt. Vernon parking lot
Presale tickets are $10
Monday, March 20th : Dinners to Go
Tri-tip, Rib or Pulled pork sandwich dinners for $10
The students have been researching, studying, and writing speeches while practicing 5 days a week as they prepare for their competition.
“The Warren E. Burger Award is such an honor to receive, not just for the 19 students, but for the all the alumni who competed before us and the entire community of East Bakersfield. East High is an amazing school with students full of potential, and everyone around us is witnessing it. With the support of our community, we have started preparing during seventh period every day; each unit has a weekly, two-hour after school session as well as Saturdays with our Coach, Mr. Dominguez. We the People alumni and teachers from East High and around the Kern High School District are also donating their time to help us prepare.” - Karen Quezada, ASB President & We the People Member, EBHS
“We the People”: The Citizen and the Constitution program was founded in 1987 to commemorate the United States Constitution's Bicentennial Anniversary and to promote civic education. Since 1987, program has been promoting and teaching the fundamental principles of constitutional law and history. Over the past 30 years, more than 30 million students throughout the United States have participated and benefited from this program.