Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton won the We The People state championship Saturday at Golden Valley High School.
Four Kern schools competed in the grueling U.S. constitutional knowledge contest: Centennial, Arvin, Liberty and Golden Valley high schools.
The Amador team will now move on to the national championship. Second place went to Foothill High School, also from Pleasanton, and third place went to Arcadia High School, from Arcadia.
Perennial We The People powerhouses Centennial and Arvin nabbed four of six statewide "unit" awards, said Terri Richmond, state competition coordinator for We The People and a local high school teacher.
Each team is broken into six sub-teams to work on specific areas, or units, of the Constitution, she explained.
"Making it to the state finals is a big deal," Richmond said. "We had four local teams. And two of our schools got most of the unit awards."
Some teens may be disappointed about not winning, but Richmond said the contest is about more than awards.
"I'm sure they'll see the bigger picture and realize how much they've learned."
Centennial has been to the national championship five times and Arvin made its first trip to nationals last year.
Richmond said Kern has hosted the state championships for the past three years.
-- Lois Henry, Californian staff writer