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Larry Hallum, one of Arvin High's We the People coaches, gets the team motivated before the state final competition at Golden Valley High in this file photo. The team now just competed in the nationals.

Arvin High School's We the People Team did not advance to the top 10 in the 2013 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals this week in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1,400 high school students from 45 states and the District of Columbia had gathered in Washington, D.C., Monday to participate in the 26th annual contest.

In the competition, students demonstrated their knowledge of constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees composed of constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials. Students completed a comprehensive course of study on the Constitution to qualify for the competition.

The Arvin team finished second in the state finals in February. First-place state finisher Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton was in the national top 10.

Foothill High School teacher Tony Alteparmakian has been selected as one of only 50 middle and high school educators across the country to take part in the Siemens STEM Institute fellowship, designed to bring teachers to the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The Siemens STEM Institute is a one-of-a-kind, all-expense-paid, weeklong immersion program that promotes hands-on, real-world integration of STEM in the classroom.

Alteparmakian and the other participants will obtain professional development through workshops, lectures and field trips.

The Siemens STEM Institute will take place Aug. 4-9 just outside of Washington, D.C., at the world headquarters of Discovery Communications, home to such television networks as Discovery Channel, Science and Animal Planet.

Educators have until May 1 to apply for $1 million in grants to help boost physical activity in schools.

The Active Schools Acceleration Project grants are part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative.

Active Schools Acceleration Project is offering $1 million in grant money to 1,000 schools across the country to implement innovative, fun and fresh physical activity programs.

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-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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