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Know Your Constitution involves a multiple choice quiz and short essay for students in grades 9-12 on the Constitution. Winning entries are selected from each of Iowa’s 100 legislative districts. The selected students and their teachers are honored at a special luncheon in January where five students and their teachers are selected to attend a week-long program in Washington, D.C. through the Close Up Foundation.

Winners of Close Up Washington D.C. Trip

Yoona Chun, Madrid High School (Teacher: James Mertz)
Devin O'Loughlin, Holmes Junior High (Teacher: Kevin Kuker)
Madelyn Ostendorf, Madrid High School (Teacher: James Mertz)
Laisa Renteria, Edgewood Colesburg High School (Teacher: Mike Lutgen)
Sarah Vorwerk, Mediapolis High School (Teacher: Cathy Isley)

Best Essay Award presented to Allyson Whiting, Spirit Lake High School (Teacher: Roland Schmidt).

About Know Your Constitution

2016-2017 Know Your Constitution Quiz and Essay
Answer Sheet
Program Rules
Letters to Principals
Letters to Teachers
Find Your Legislator
The U.S. Constitution

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Close-Up Foundation

Know Your Constitution Co-Chairs


Robert C. Gainer, Co-Chair
Cutler Law Firm
1307 50th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 223-6600

Samuel P. Langholz, Co-Chair
Administrator, Administrative Hearings Division
of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
725 N.E. 42nd St.
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 242-6158




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