Junior AP US History students Jacob Butler, Sam Fouts, Amber Gehring, Gabriella Snyder, and Anna Walls were selected as finalists in the Iowa State Bar Association’s young lawyers division “Know Your Constitution” project.  One hundred finalists were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the state of Iowa who participated in the “Know Your Constitution” project.  Finalists were honored at a luncheon held at the West Des Moines Marriott on January 11, 2019.

The “Know Your Constitution” project is designed to enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of the Constitution.  The students participating in the project were required to familiarize themselves with Constitution related issues.  A quiz was completed by each participating student.  This year’s essay topic involved constitutional questions centered on presidential pardon power and protection of special counsel investigations.  Students were asked to consider the nature of separation of powers as it relates to the executive and legislative branches of government.

Prior to the luncheon, student finalists had the opportunity to hear from and interact with a constitutional expert to discuss the essay topic and recent developments and rulings.