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Friday, May 12, 2006


PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Mountain Crest students in Washington for national Constitution competition

By M. Cory Broussard

April 27, 2006 | HYRUM -- The Constitution might be a mystery to the majority of citizens in America, but for one class at Mountain Crest High School, the Constitution is a ticket to Washington, D.C.

"Some of these kids would never get to go to Washington, D.C. without this," Margaret Obray, the teacher for the U.S. government class, said.

The students will be competing in a highly prestigious competition on the U.S. Constitution entitled We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution.To get the opportunity to travel to D.C. for the national competition the students defeated other schools to take first place in the state competition.

"I'm intimidated," Lyssa Bevan said. "We are competing with the best kids in the nation."

The competition involves groups from the class to make four minute presentations on their designated categories, such as the Bill of Rights. They will then face questions from lawyers, government leaders and constitutional scholars that have been recruited from across the country to judge the competition.

Many of the students will return home after hours of studying and stress, only to take the advanced placement tests for comparative and American politics. It's strange to see high school students working so hard, especially when there is no extra credit as a bonus. But the students are proud to be going.

"You get the benefit of knowing that you are an informed citizen," Clint Hugie said. "You get to be an active participant in American democracy."

For Obray, thats what she loves about the competition. The students get to become "extra grade citizens".

"They study and bond," Obray said. "It's like an academic team."

The Class raised around $17,000 in order to get enough money to travel to D.C. The state donated some of the money, but students sold ice cream and gathered donations from the community to get the majority of it.

Obray's class left at 2 a.m. Thursday, and they were excited to go.

"We get to go and do our best," Bevan said. "No matter what happens, whether we take top ten or not, we will have fun."


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