Middle school students fundraise to attend national civic competition
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A mock congressional hearing team from Challenger Middle School is looking to put Tucson on the map at the national finals of the We the People Mock-Congressional Hearings in Washington, D.C., but they need the public's help getting there.
The group of 18 participants needs to raise an additional $4,800 by this Thursday to attend the competion. So far, they've raised $26,000. It costs $1,673 to sponsor a student.
This will be the first time in the 21 years of the competition, that a school from Tucson will be represented.
Their advisor, Norma Higuera-Trask says they will compete against six middle schools from across the country.
Students say this is an opportunity for them to apply their skills learned in the classroom.
"I know I want to be a politician when I grow up and I want to know what it feels like and what it looks like," said Patrick Robles, a sixth-grader.
The competition will be held May 3-7 at George Mason University.
If you'd like to help contact Norma Higuera-Trask at 545-4690 or send an email to NormaHi@susd12.org