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by Kalamalama staff


“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 and universities.
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, and secure 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.





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