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Saturday, Feb 08 2014 08:43 PM

We The People: Kern schools win awards, but not championship

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    The first Centennial High School unit to compete in the "We the People" competition Saturday at Golden Valley High School included Annie Bardet, left, Joellen Gutierrez, Brittany Louey, Steve Pocasangre, Amy Delmore and head coach Ryan Coleman, right. Other Kern County schools in the competition Saturday were Arvin High, Liberty High and Golden Valley High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Centennial HIgh "We The People" team members Steve Pocasangre, left, and Amy Delmore try to keep the atmosphere light before Saturday's big competition at Golden Valley High School. Other teams from Kern County that competed were Arvin High, Liberty High and Golden Valley High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Parents and students from Centennial High came out Saturday to Golden Valley High School to support the schools competing in the annual "We The People" event at Golden Valley High. Also competing from Kern County were teams from Arvin High, Liberty High and Golden Valley High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Centennial High's "We The People" head coach Ryan Coleman addresses spectators and participants at the start of the competition Saturday at Golden Valley High School.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton won the We The People state championship Saturday at Golden Valley High School.

Four Kern schools competed in the grueling U.S. constitutional knowledge contest: Centennial, Arvin, Liberty and Golden Valley high schools.

The Amador team will now move on to the national championship. Second place went to Foothill High School, also from Pleasanton, and third place went to Arcadia High School, from Arcadia.

Perennial We The People powerhouses Centennial and Arvin nabbed four of six statewide "unit" awards, said Terri Richmond, state competition coordinator for We The People and a local high school teacher.

Each team is broken into six sub-teams to work on specific areas, or units, of the Constitution, she explained.

"Making it to the state finals is a big deal," Richmond said. "We had four local teams. And two of our schools got most of the unit awards."

Some teens may be disappointed about not winning, but Richmond said the contest is about more than awards.

"I'm sure they'll see the bigger picture and realize how much they've learned."

Centennial has been to the national championship five times and Arvin made its first trip to nationals last year.

Richmond said Kern has hosted the state championships for the past three years.

-- Lois Henry, Californian staff writer

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