Galileo celebrates Constitution Day

In honor of the Sept. 17 holiday students participated in trivia activities during all three lunches

Ariel Lee, Staff Writer

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For Constitution Day on Sept. 17 Galileo’s history department held a contest where students answered a series of questions about the document in the cafeteria during lunch.

According to a Web site dedicated to the day’s celebration, Constitution Day honors the formation and signing of the Constitution by more than thirty men on September 1787. It also recognizes all who were born in the United States or naturalized as citizens as well as celebrates the birth of the federal government we know today.

“We should celebrate Constitution Day because we should pay homage and tribute to our founding fathers and the document that protects our independence,” History Teacher Jared Smith.  “We should also cherish the Constitution as Americans.”

In order to win the contest, the students had to answer a series of questions and get most of them right in order to get a prize. The contest had one winner from each grade level that included Eighth-grader Savier Waddell, Freshman Leah Warner, Sophomore Lane Larson, Junior Jasmine Hodge, and Senior Abby Schleifer.

“The contest was held to test the student’s general knowledge of the Constitution, the authors, the powers, and the purposes of it,” Smith said. “It is great if students understand why the Constitution was made.”

The prize for the winner of the Constitution Day contest was a handful of a variety of chocolate candy such as Kit Kats and Reese’s cups.

Constitution Day, as well as Independence Day and President’s Day, are important part of the cultural heritage of the United States, Smith said, because it recognizes the values of American citizenship and the success of a nation such as our liberties and our rights.

“I think it is important because people need to know the history of the United States and how American got its start,” Senior Dedra Rodgers said. “A lot of people were running up to the trivia table to play; they actually knew the answers. I think a lot of juniors who just has U.S. history enjoyed paying because they had just learned the material and it was fresh in their mind.”

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