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For the ninth consecutive year, West High School's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team has won the Wisconsin state championship.

Competing against teams from across Wisconsin at Marquette University Law School on Jan. 9, West High School won the right to represent Wisconsin at the national We the People competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

We the People is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and hosted in Wisconsin by the State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee and the Wisconsin Law Foundation. The program is designed to inspire broader understanding of politics and public affairs among high school students.

"The students had been preparing for the competition since last summer and put in countless hours of work over winter break. The hard work and dedication paid off as they won the state competition, extending the school winning streak to nine consecutive years," said Chad Mateske, teacher of the American Public Policy Special Emphasis class, which is made up of the team.

Mateske is assisted by junior teaching assistant Adam Fendos, senior teaching assistants Nicole Mystrow and Aubrioanna Mierrow, and community mentors Mark Young, Tom Schneck, Rebecca Salawdeh, and Eric Darling.

The national finals is the annual culminating event of the We the People high school program. High school classes qualify for the national championship by placing first in their congressional district and state competitions. The competition takes the form of simulated congressional hearings, which consist of oral presentations by students before panels of judges.

The class will be looking to raise close to $60,000 in the next three months to make the trip, Mateske said.

There will be several fundraising methods.

The class will sell Boston Store Community Day Sale Coupon booklets, Seroogy's candy bars, Collectivo coffer and hot chocolate and Pocket Peelers.

"We will hold some bake sales at Wauwatosa West, including March 3rd throughout the day, and through parent/teacher conferences," Mateske said.

In addition, the class will hold an all-you-can-eat brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at O'Sullivan's Restaurant, 12525 W. North Ave., Brookfield. The cost is $15 per brunch. Call (262) 784-1656 for reservations.

Raffle tickets, a mailer seeking support, and a go fund me site at gofundme.com/t9xfgyxc, are some of the other ways the class is trying to raise money.

Donations also can be sent to Chad Mateske at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St. Wauwatosa, WI, 53222.

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