Glass Half Full: We The People seeks your support
Glass Half Full
Recently I received an anonymous (of course) voicemail from somebody who heard an advertisement for Lake Tahoe School and took great exception to a statement about living in a remote location and still being able to find an exceptional education.
It’s hard to respond to a message left with no identifying information. Had she called at a time when we were in session, I would have done my best to reassure her that those of us who live in Incline Village raise children with truly wonderful opportunities.
In some ways, we are tiny and, yes, remote. In others, we are global partners. Many folks who live in large metropolitan areas believe they have a lock on education. How wrong they are!
Witness Incline High School’s We The People program, where, once again, a mighty team is headed to Washington, D.C., in April for the national finals. While this team has worked hard and are to be celebrated for their accomplishments, the fact that they are headed to D.C. is a function of much more than just their efforts and diligence, noteworthy as they are.
For 17 years, Milt Hyams, Amy Henderson and a group of dedicated volunteer coaches have spent the past 7 months preparing seniors who have elected the course.
It is accurate to compare such preparation to playing on a varsity sport: the time and practice necessary to reach such a high level of performance require drill and practice that extend into long nights and weekends. Some years, the team, which ideally would include 18 members, has soldiered on with as few as 11 — and still gone to Washington.
Our IHS team has qualified for state 14 out of the last 17 years; 10 times they have gone on to Nationals, including this year. On the national level, our team has won 4 regional awards and 1 unit award. In Washington, students will participate in simulated congressional hearings before panels of judges acting as congressional committees.
After opening statements, students must demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of the Constitution and their ability to apply constitutional principles by answering probing questions from the judges.
This year’s competitors include: Andrico Mourelatos, Serena Singh, Devina Stone, Harmony Bates, Emily Donahue (all former LTS students, I am proud to say), Kennedy Cohn, Daniel Gollery, Karyss Thompson, Keegan Wells, Bridget Johnson, Peter Larson, Jeremy Goldberg, Blaise Bibolet, Benji Miranda, Dulce Medina, Alyssa Flynn and Kim Floam.
As a Wild Card team, they need our help, as a community, to underwrite the expense of their trip to DC at the end of April. Total cost: $40,000. Every little bit helps. If you would like to make a donation, please go to this link: http://inclineschools.org. Scroll to the “other” icon, then the “We The People” icon. When filling in the gift card, please use “Incline High School “as the Recipient Name and the Traveler First Name and use WTP (or We The People) as the Last Name. The Trip ID is 146139.
Every year these young women and men show the world how a small school from a rather remote corner of Nevada can hold its own against some of the biggest and most select schools in the nation. I call that an exceptional education!
Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at http://www.laketahoeschool.org.
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