JHHS ‘We the People’ team will head to nationals after strong state showing

JACKSON, Wyo. — A 2nd place finish in Cheyenne now punches Bronc Law’s ticket to nationals.

The Jackson Hole High School “We the People” team (Bronc Law) qualified for the National Finals by placing 2nd at the Wyoming State Finals on Monday, January 13 in Cheyenne. It’s the third time Bronc Law has qualified for the national competition, held in Washington, D.C. this spring.

JHHS teacher and Broncs Law coach Jim Rooks returned to the classroom after being struck by a motor vehicle in July while cycling. Rooks said that the outstanding group of 34 students on the Broncs Law team gave him extra motivation to get back to teaching after a two-month medical leave.

“It is hard to stay away when you know you have such an amazing group of highly motivated young citizens ready to learn about the Constitution,” Rooks said.

More than 28 Wyoming teams compete, statewide, to represent Wyoming.

The Broncs Law team had an adventurous drive home after the state finals earlier this week. After fighting snow, wind and road closures, the bus was stopped at the entrance to Hoback Canyon by an avalanche that blocked the highway. The group retreated to Pinedale where they spent an extra night. According to Rooks, team members got up early the next day and all 34 students made it to school just in time for the start of 1st period.

The 33rd We the People National Finals will be held April 24-27, 2020 at the National Conference Center in the Washington D.C. area. Approximately 1,200 students and teachers from 56 communities from throughout the nation participate in the event.

Broncs Law celebrates a 2nd place finish at state. The 33rd We the People National Finals will be held April 24-27, 2020 at the National Conference Center in the Washington D.C area. Approximately 1,200 students and teachers from 56 communities from throughout the nation participate in the event. Courtesy photo

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