“Information about the Constitution was
one an interesting addition to Club Carnival,” said Dr.
Larry LeDoux, The Press Club advisor and veteran of 26 Club
Carnivals. “Although I’m more into the Bill of
Rights,” LeDoux added, “especially the First Amendment.”
He was referring to the Constitution Day word game that gave
students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the
U.S. Constitution by inserting the words that had been omitted
from its Preamble.
Students submitted their entries at three downtown locations:
The Student Life Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office
of Financial Aid; or at the Housing Office on the Hawai‘i
Loa campus. Students who submitted correct entries were eligible
to win one of three HPU prize packs worth $50 each.
Formal observance of Constitution Day activities was mandated
by legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), requiring
all schools receiving federal funds (e.g., Federal Work Study
grants) to celebrate. HPU is more fortunate than other schools,
both local and national, in that Byrd’s legislation did
not specify the form that observance should take at colleges
The irony of legislation requiring schools to celebrate Constitution
Day was not lost on HPU faculty. Despite a professional pedagogical
interest in students knowing more about the Constitution, several
faculty were overheard echoing LeDoux’s sentiments that
a law forcing the Constitution on people “was an appalling
example of just the kind of government intrustion into people’s
lives that the Constitution was created to prevent.”
Catherine Ganung, of the HPU Financial Aid Office, announced
the winners on Sept. 19. “More than 70 students participated.
Three were randomly selected as the winners of $50 packets of
HPU logoware,” Ganung said: Elise Denning, Meryl Gormand,
and David Walsh.
How would you have done? Take the Constitution Day word challenge
and see if you can complete the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
(Answers are below.)
Preamble Word Game
Students were invited to write in the missing words to the
Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Can you do it? Answers
are at the bottom
of this page.)
We the _______ (noun) of the United States, in Order to form
a more _______ (adjective) _______ (noun), establish _________
(noun), insure _________ (adjective) Tranquility, _________
(verb) for the common defence, promote the general Welfare,
the __________ (plural noun) of _________ (noun) to ourselves
and our _________ (noun), do ________ (verb) and establish
this __________ (noun) for the United States of America.
Want to know more about the Constitution? Visit http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Constitution.html.