From: Jason Rice
Every once in a while a dynasty is born like the Cowboys or the Steelers used to be. Rarely, though, does an academic dynasty come along, one that is getting notice from such organizations as the Indiana Bar Association, Indiana Supreme Court justices and the Indiana Statehouse.
We locally have such a group known as We the People at Brown County Junior High. This eighth-grade civics team has won four consecutive state championships, the inaugural national championship last season, and is now preparing to return to Washington, D.C., to defend their title in April.
We the People is an organization that studies such topics as the Constitution, natural rights philosophers, classical Republicans, civic affairs, constitutional rights, the Philadelphia Convention and the Articles of the Confederation.
The hard work and dedication to excellence of these 24 young men and women represent a five- to six-days-a-week commitment of study and work sessions to prepare to bring the title back home again to Indiana.
Not only are these kids excellent students, but many are also student athletes, band and choir members, and scouts. Some are all four. This team, as well as the ones in the past few years, brings hope of leadership in future years to come. Never have I seen a more professional, mannerly, diligent presence as this group of teens displays in competition.
Their teacher, Michael Potts, is also a remarkable leader. A humble man who never accepts credit for their success, he is always quick to edify the talents of his team and only pauses briefly at each victory before working on the team’s next advancement.
He has the tenacity of Winston Churchill, the coaching ability of John Wooden and a dash of Elvis charisma thrown in. My hopes and intentions are to salute the hard work and gain support and recognition for this team that will be proudly representing our local community as well as our state in Washington, D.C., in April. For more information visit www.facebook.com/BCJHSWETHEPEOPLE.