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PJC students celebrate Constitution Day 2016

Published or Revised January 17, 2017

Constitution Day

Competition was intense among PJC students during Constitution Jeopardy. Second from top: First place went to the Phi Theta Kappa team of (from left) Joshua Washington, Kayleigh Forbes, and Cheyenne King. Third from top: Second place honors went to the Delta Psi Omega team of (from left) Caleb Curtis, Alex Greer and Mieshea Green. Next to last: Third place was taken by the Men’s Soccer Team of (from left) Samuel Oku, Carlos Enriquez, and Zachary Kiser. Bottom: Second place honors went to, from left of PJC History Instructor David Larkin, Agustin Cuevas, Justin Wade and Arturo Hernandez. Not pictured are winners Damon Donald and Karol Williams.

Students at Paris Junior College were eager to show off their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution by playing a version of the television show, “Jeopardy.”

“It was an amazing academic gathering of young people displaying and sharing their knowledge of the inner workings of our government and constitution,” said PJC student Michael Craig, who competed this year after participating last year on the team that came in second.

Led by PJC Government Instructor Ruth Ann Alsobrook, competing teams of two or three students would raise their placards to give what they hoped was the winning “question.”

“Who among us hasn’t watched Jeopardy on TV and secretly wished to be a contestant,” said Alsobrook. “I am always proud of how many PJC students turn out to compete in this event, and that includes many who are not taking government classes. They get to fulfill that secret longing to play the game and they get to show off their knowledge of the Constitution.”

Competition, intense from the beginning, peaked when three teams earned top billing at the game’s conclusion. First place went to the Phi Theta Kappa (two-year college honor society) team of Kayleigh Forbes, Cheyenne King, and Joshua Washington; in second place was Delta Psi Omega (drama honor society) team of Caleb Curtis, Alex Greer and Miehsea Green; third place went to the Men’s Soccer Team represented by Carlos Enriquez, Zachary Kiser, and Samuel Oku.

Again this year, students in Alsobrook’s classes conducted a “man on the street” survey assessing the knowledge of passersby on the U.S. Constitution.

“As in previous years,” said Alsobrook, “the most frequent response is that people don’t know what is in the Constitution. The second most frequent response is the Bill of Rights, although they can only name one or two amendments.”

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