HPU College of Communication professor John
Hart was been invited to judge the 22nd annual We the People:
The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington,
D.C on April 24-27. Hart will join Supreme Court Justices from
Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oregon in judging
One school represents each state based on the results of a state
chamionship. Hawai‘i will be represented by Kahuku High
School. National finals are traditionally held in U.S. Congressional
The primary goal of the Center for Civic Education’s We
the People program is to promote civic competence and responsibility
among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. The
culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in
which students “testify” before a panel of judges.
Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional
principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend
positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Hart is the former vice president of the Missouri Center for
Civic Education Program. He has been invited to testify to the
United States Senate and the National Parks Service regarding
the public policy issues of the naming of national monuments.
A former debate coach, Hart still serves as a media critic for
political campaigns and debates.