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Tim Swinehart

Lincoln Constitution Team Application 2014-2015

Please download the following application form to complete:


This form must be completed and submitted via email to:  2015applications@gmail.com 

Please cut and paste your finished application into the body of the email. Please do not send as an attachment. Please read the application carefully and answer all questions as directed. 

Application must be received by 3:30pm Monday, March 10th, 2014.

Please direct all technical questions regarding the online application process to jctrombley@gmail.com


2014-15 Lincoln High School Constitution Class and Team

Information for Students and Parents 

Optional Informational Meetings – March 3st or March 7th at lunch in room 169.

Applications Due:  3:30 pm, Monday, March 10th by e-mail to 2015applications@gmail.com

What is the LHS Constitution Class?  The Lincoln High School Constitution Class is now accepting applications for next year’s class.  For over 20 years, Lincoln has been turning out constitutional scholars and civic leaders through this incredible program.  Not only is Constitution Class one of the most challenging academic experiences most students will have in high school, but it often leads to lifelong friendships, interest in civic issues, and future career awareness.  Students learn in-depth about the U.S. Constitution and apply this knowledge to historical and contemporary questions and issues.  Members of the class participate in a constitutional competition with other schools.  Lincoln has sent a Constitution Team to the national competition in Washington, DC, 18 times in its 27-year history (placing 4th in the nation in 2010 and winning the national title in 2012) and is one of four schools nationally that has won the national championship four times.

Who are the teachers and volunteers?

Tim Swinehart – Social Studies Teacher at Lincoln High School

Alison Brody – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alumna, Attorney

Jeff Edmundson – Former Lincoln Teacher, Faculty at University of Oregon

Stephen Griffith – Lincoln Parent, Attorney at Stoel Rives LLP

Jennifer Hill – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alumna, Attorney

Misha Isaak – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alum, Attorney at Perkins Coie

Ben O’Glasser – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alum, Attorney at Bullard Law

Jonathan Pulvers – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alum

Darin Sands - Attorney at Lane Powell

Christy Splitt – Constitution Alumna, External Affairs Director at Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Jason Trombley – Lincoln Graduate & Constitution Alum, Public Relations Professional

Rachel Weisshaar - Attorney at the Oregon Court of Appeals 

What is involved? This spring, students will meet once a week from March 31 - May 30, 2014. In the fall, the class meets during 1st period, and also meets on Tuesday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm. Students will also be expected to meet on weekends beginning in early fall through early winter to prepare for January’s competitions.  Participation with the team is academically rigorous, provocative, competitive, and requires a great deal of group interaction and communication. While students may participate in extracurricular activities, it should be understood that Constitution Class requires a strong commitment in time and energy.  Students should plan to give top priority to the Constitution Team for the year that they participate.  Further, all students are expected to maintain a “C” or better in all of their other Lincoln classes.

Students participate in a District competition in January and, if they are successful, a state competition later in January and a national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

Students have the option to receive either Civics credit or a .5 social studies elective credit for Constitution Class.  An additional .5 may be available for second semester work.

Who can participate?  All interested students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors next year should complete the form on the back of this handout. Because the class is limited to 36, the teachers will select the class based on applications, interviews, and evidence of commitment to the team.  All completed application forms will be submitted electronically to 2015applications@gmail.com NO LATER than 3:30 pm on Monday, March 10th, 2014.  Brief interviews will take place after school on March 17-21, 2014.

Want more information?  Questions may be directed to Tim Swinehart during lunch and before school in room 141 or at tswineha@pps.net.