A team of 15 students from Hillcrest High School earned kudos for political philosophy on Wednesday during a competition concerning six areas of knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the events which brought it about.

The Hillcrest group finished in the top ten overall, among the 44 states represented in the three-day competition.Nebraska, New York and California took the first three places in the program, according to Pattie Andrews, a spokesman for the Bicentennial competition.

The Hillcrest team included Amber Bigler, Randall Butterfield, Ryan Call, Kyle Curtis, Beth Coleman, Graden Jackson, Michele Krelo, Angela Litster, Nathan McCleery, Paul Newman, Jennifer Nielson, Brock Pease, Melanie Serassio and Allen Thornell. Their teacher is Sharon Kerns.

More than 1,000 students participated in the program, testifying as experts on Constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees.