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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Constitution and the bill of rights were the topics of a Congressional hearing here in the Cape Fear, but it’s not what you think.

Eighth graders at Leland middle school took part in a mock congressional hearing. The event is part of a lesson that taught the kids how to write a speech and effectively present views on an issue.

The students played the role of Constitutional experts, while the Congressional committee consisted of school officials and local politicians.

One student said the mock hearing had a big affect on their classmates.

“Respect for our country and be proud of our country,” Preston Ellenberd said. “Sometimes I hear people not appreciate America and think it’s crazy, but I think they’re starting to realize how important it is that we have a Constitution and how grateful they should be about it.”

More than 120 eighth graders took part in the mock Congressional hearing.

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