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'We the People' teacher gets Excellence in Education Award

'We the People' teacher gets Excellence in Education Award (SBG)

Reno High School students are heading to Capitol Hill in April to compete in a national competition called "We The People."

They are being coached by a one-of-a-kind teacher, Richard Clark, who dedicates himself to his students and the program.

This month, Clark is News 4's Excellence in Education award winner!

During an intense discussion in a "We the People" class at Reno High School, evening anchor Shelby Sheehan surprised Clark with the award.

A 14-year teaching veteran, Clark brought "We the People" program to the high school 10 years ago.

It's an advanced placement class where students study the constitution and civics passionately and compete with their knowledge about our country.

The students become experts on different sections of the constitution and how they apply to our country today.

Clark's team this year, made up of 26 students, won the district competition in December, the state competition in February and now will go to the national finals in Washington D.C. at the end of April.

It's the fourth time his class has made it all the way to Washington, but no matter what happens on Capitol Hill with the competition, the students come away with an unbelievable experience they never forget.

Clark and his students have raised about three-fourths of the $100,000 needed to travel to Washington April 19-25th.

Anyone who is interested in helping the group reach their goal to get there can click on this link to donate.

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