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COURTESY OF GRANT HS BOOSTERS - Grant High School's Constitution Team 2015 celebrated in January when it won the state competition in the We The People constitutional contest. The team is in Washington, D.C., competing in the national finals.Grant High School’s Constitution Team won the national We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition Monday in Washington, D.C.

The team of nearly three dozen Portland students was one of 10 teams competing April 27 in the 28th annual event that tests students’ constitutional knowledge. Finals contests were held in Capitol Hill hearing rooms.

Grant’s team won the state competition in January. High School boosters then had to raise more than $80,000 to send the team and its coaches to Washington, D.C., for the finals.

In the competition, students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees of constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials. Awards will be presented Monday evening during a ceremony at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va.

Grant is one of two Northwest teams competing in the event. A team from Tahoma Senior High School in Covington, Wash., is also in the contest.

For more information about the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program, go to www.civiced.org/national-finals-2015.