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Students celebrate Constitution Day in Colt with Jeopardy

PLNU’s history and political science department celebrated Constitution Day with a massive game of jeopardy September 17 in Colt.

“I’m passionate about the quality and the rights of the American citizen because without that we would not be the country we are today,” said sophomore history major Alex Vargas. “God Bless America.”

Students from the department wrote questions for jeopardy, putting them into the following categories: “Founding Fathers,” “We the People,” “Now a Days,” “Miscellaneous” and “Say What.”

Questions ranged from “How many judges that serve on the Supreme Court?” One competitive student slammed the buzzer with nine. Another, “What is the number of electoral votes required to win the presidency?” The answer is 270.

Senior political science major and president of the history club, Clint Betkey, organized Constitution Day and hosted the jeopardy game.

“It is important to celebrate the governing document of our country,” Betkey said. “It is a great way for our department to come together and mingle where we normally would not.”

In the end, the history, international studies and other majors beat the political science major team. They won a framed Constitution to be hung in the history department along with their own mini Constitutions.

“We celebrated Constitution Day this year with jeopardy but in the past we have done panels talking about constitutional issues or just discussions,” said Rosco Williamson, chair of the department of history and political science.

Colleges celebrate Constitution Day nationwide because of a law that Congress passed in 2004 requiring every federally funded school and college to teach about the Constitution on September 17, the same day it was adopted in 1787, according to NBC.