KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jennifer Wong
Students at Kahuku High and Intermediate School took the state title at the "We the People" civics competition.
The team, consisting of 15 high school seniors and a junior, were tested on the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and their knowledge of democracy.
They last took the title in 2013 and took back the title after Mililani High School won in 2014.
"Kahuku has won many times," Coach Jan Harney said. "But what makes this super exciting is how incredible this program is and the growth that my class experiences as students, speakers and citizens."
Among the judges were Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Mark Recktenwald, Associate Justice Paula Nakayama and Hawai'i Council for the Humanities Executive Director Robert Buss.
Nearby elementary school, Laie Elementary, is following in the team's footsteps and are the first and only elementary school students to participate in the state competition's showcase division.
The students will be representing Hawaii at the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 24 - 27.