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NO. R-343. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY TEAM ON WINNING THIRD PLACE AT THE 2000 NATIONAL FINALS COMPETITION OF “WE THE PEOPLE...THE CITIZEN AND THE CONSTITUTION”.

(J.R.S. 109)

Offered by: Senator Ide of Caledonia County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the St. Johnsbury Academy team, representing the entire State of Vermont, on May 6-8, 2000, competed in the 2000 national finals of the “We the People…The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in Washington, D.C. and won third place among the state champion teams from all fifty states and the District of Columbia, and

Whereas, “We the People…The Citizen and the Constitution” is a national constitutional law competition in which state championship teams from all fifty states and the District of Columbia engage in vigorous debate and discussions about the history and principles of the United States Constitution, and

Whereas, the St. Johnsbury Academy team won the right to represent the State of Vermont at the national finals by first winning the 2000 Vermont state championship at the state finals competition held at the Vermont State House in Montpelier on February 20, 2000, and

Whereas, the “We the People” national finals competition required the St. Johnsbury Academy team to divide into six separate units, each of which presented three complete discussions of particular areas of constitutional law, for a total of eighteen separate presentations made over three days to a total of fifty-four distinguished judges from every state in the nation, and

Whereas, in winning third place at the 2000 national finals in Washington, D.C., the St. Johnsbury Academy team scored higher than the state champion teams from every state in the nation except Florida and New Jersey and achieved the highest honor ever won by any team from New England in the twelve year history of the “We the People” competition, and

Whereas, the achievement of the St. Johnsbury Academy team demonstrates an extraordinary combination of intelligence, hard work, thorough knowledge of constitutional history and principles, outstanding research skills, superb oral advocacy, individual determination, expert teamwork and the highest civic virtue among all the members of the team, who are Timothy Brousseau, Erica Dreisbach, Steven Frost, Felix Hornicek, Emily Lauffer, Justin Lavely, Linda Little, Dmitri Makarov, Leili Moghari, Timothy Patterson, Sascha Stanton-Craven, Tanika Stewart and Karena Thurston, and

Whereas, recognition of the St. Johnsbury Academy “We the People” team would not be complete without acknowledging the leadership and guidance of teacher and coach Dan Dagenais, and

Whereas, the St. Johnsbury Academy team, in achieving its victory in the name of the State of Vermont at the 2000 national finals of “We the People…The Citizen and the Constitution”, has brought glory and honor to the entire State of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the St. Johnsbury Academy team on winning third place at the 2000 national finals of the “We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution” competition held May 6-8, 2000 in Washington, D.C., and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly commends teacher and coach Dan Dagenais for his tremendous contribution to the team’s success, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bernier L. Mayo, headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy.