BOUNTIFUL -- Fourth- through sixth-grade students from seven Davis Elementary schools recently showed off their skills and knowledge, as they competed in the district's 2nd annual Constitution Bowl.
Adelaide Elementary School Parent Teacher Association member Becky Paulson founded the event to celebrate the Freedom Flight in September 2011. The event was successful, so she and other PTA members decided to expand the program to many schools in the district. The response has been great.
Four-member teams from Adelaide, Holbrook, Woods Cross, Taylor, Farmington, Valley View, Reading in Davis County and Salt Lake City Dual Immersion Academy all participated. Some schools sent more than one team.
Paulson put together 94 questions drawn from the Constitution and amendments, said Valerie Mills, a PTA member and parent of a participant from Adelaide. Parents then got the word out through the district's enrichment program, but opened it to all students.
Students started reviewing the questions earlier this fall to prepare for the bowl, which was held last week at Adelaide.
Adelaide sixth-grader Nicholas Paulson, who is Becky Paulson's son, was on the winning team. He said he and his friends studied at lunch and at home with parents and family members. His brother, Shaeser, a fifth-grader, was also on the team.
"I liked learning about the Constitution and also competing with the other teams to see what they knew," Shaeser said.
Mills said the questions rotated through each student, and teams didn't work together for answers. Each student had an opportunity to answer questions, so all the pressure wouldn't be on any one person.
Mills and other parents were excited that 15 teams decided to participate this year -- four participated a year ago.
"It's so exciting, these kids studied with parents and they feel like they are teaching their parents," Mills said.
Excitement was in the air during the bowl, and the students enjoyed showing what they had learned.
Mills also noticed the diversity of students who chose to participate -- teams were made up of all girls, all boys, mixed and students of different cultures.
"It was a fair showing of the melting pot of our country," she said.
Mills' son, Nathan, was also on the winning team.
"It was really tense," he said of the competition. "It was more of a challenge, and we had to work harder for the win this year."
Nicholas not only enjoyed the competition, but liked what he learned in the process.
"I like learning about Constitutional freedoms and knowing they can't be taken away by the government."