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December 18, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ,00We the people' Memorial students place second in Bicentennial Competition By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer Memorial High School teacher Them Gore found it ov d to sit still while his senior ernment class participated in a.Bicentennial Competition on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sitting in the back of the room with stopwatch in hand, he nervously watched his students testify before "Congressional Committees" during the mock hearings, which were held last week at Vincennes University. If his students were struggl- i with a particularly tough question or were giving answers that were incomplete, Gore said he felt the urge to raise his hand and help them along. But he couldn't. They were on their own. Memorial placed second out of four teams in 8th District competition. For six weeks, the students prepared for the mock hearings by studying special materials provided for them by enlndiana State Bar Associa- , sponsor of the contest. Participant schools were chosen on a "first come, first serve" basis, according to Con- nie Yeaton, state coordinator of the competition and member of the State Bar Association. The first ten schools in each district to respond received free cur- riculum materials worth \\; Memorial High School government teacher Them Gore and his students observe the mock congres- sional hearings during the 8th District Bicentennial Competition on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Memorial placed second in the event. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellen $150. Gore's 33-member class was divided into five groups -- each group assigned a different aspect of the constitution to study, learn and teach to the rest of the class. Using the cur- riculum provided for them, they made up their own lesson plans, worksheets and exams Funeral services were held this week for James Robert Shea, brother of Bishop Francis R. Shea, who died Sunday, Dec. 13, in Nashville, Tenn. Arrangements for the funeral included a wake service Tues- day evening, a Funeral Mass Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Sacred Heart Church, Knoxville, Tenn., and burial at Calvary Cemetery, Knoxville. James Robert Shea, the son of the late John F. and Harriet Holford Shea, is survived by his wife, Mildred; two sons,  Michael and Jerry; two sisters, Helen Sheridan and Genevieve Reddick; and his brother, Bishop Shea. Bishop Shea left Evansville Tuesday to travel to Knoxville; several priests of the diocese also planned to attend services. which they distributed to their classmates. During the hearings, judges asked the groups questions con- cerning the specific area they had been studying for the past six weeks. Students were judg- ed on their understanding of the material, constitutional ap- plication, reasoning, support- ing evidence and group participation. Evansville Central High School outscored Memorial by a margin of 10 points. Third and fourth place finishers were Castle and Bloomington South high schools. Gore said it was difficult for him -- a veteran teacher of 31 years- to serve as a resource person for the class and not an instructor during the time they prepared for the competition. This type of set-up was a "tremendous help for this par- ticular bunch of kids" because his class is composed of a wide variety of students with dif- ferent academic aptitudes. The project promoted cooperative learning so they all could learn and work together, be explained. Dan Barfield, whose group studied fundamental rights and amendments, said he and his classmates had to know their topic inside and out because "you had to know it to teach it." He explained, "It was an educational .experience. One important thing you learn from it is how to work together -- not just learn on your own, but with a group of people." Seven of the original ten schools chosen to compete at the 8th District level dropped the project before its conclusion -- probably because of the large amount of material that had to be covered in such a short time. Gore commented on the Memorial students' fortitude in continuing. "They stuck with it and they were here," he said while he and his students awaited the judges decision. "I'm proud of them." ,Smitty's The Tri-State' s Only Non-Alcoholic Nightclub/ For Adults Ages 21 & Older .i * Music Dancing Variety of non- alcoholic drinks ' * Atmosphere Open to Dates, Mates & Singles Every Friday & Saturday COUPON ........... M OFF ADM,SS,ON Present this coupon for $1.00 OFF admission at the door. One coupon per person. SMITTY'S - 812-464-5221 211 SE 4th St., Evansville Expires 12/26/87-------------- .... 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The 1986 Vatican Christmas tree, also from Austria, was estimated to be 76 feet tall. Dignitaries and folk dancers from the southern Austrian pro- vince of Carinthia, which JOB OPENING IMMEDIATE OPENING--Programmer/Assistant to Director of Sarto Retreat House. Full-time position. Religious Or lay person.75O/o ' Irogramming and hosting retreats at a 57 bed diocesan retreat house. Balance of time in administrative duties. Degree in Theology, Spirituality, or Religious Studies or the equivalent in experience required. Some ad- ministrative background essential. For job description and more information contact: Director, Sarto Retreat House, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47711 (812)424-5536. donated the tree, were expected at a formal inauguration ceremony in the square Dec. 19. Austria borders northern Italy. The tree was carried by fiat bed truck from Austria to Vatican City, and because of its size required an escort from Italian highway police along most of the mute. 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