Mock Congressional Hearings Competition
Classes from throughout Florida at the middle and high school levels may register to participate in mock congressional hearings to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Center provides grade-level specific hearing questions for middle and high school classes. Teachers prepare their classes to respond to specific questions based on the rules of competition. Each class should be divided into six groups and assigned to one of the six corresponding content areas.
The congressional hearing model requires students to prepare a preliminary statement delivered during the simulation. Following the prepared statement, a question and answer segment follows with judges, attorneys, and professors as well as other community members.
For the past several years, the hearings have been conducted virtually due to the pandemic. This year, we are asking teachers to let us know their preferences in how this year’s program should be held. The state level hearing date is February 3, 2023. The event will be held on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland or virtually via Zoom. Please respond to the registration questions at the link below as we move forward with the program planning.
National competitions for the We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution program will be held in 2023 for eligible teams that advance from the state competition.
Please let us know if you have any questions, are new to the program and need training, or have specific needs to participate.
Register Rules for High School Competition Sample Scoring Guide Class Roster Form State High School Questions Middle School Hearing Questions