By Noah Alatza
Fishers High School’s We the People team will host a fundraiser for student-led civic activities from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at TopGolf, 9200 E. 116th St. The event is called We the People Founders Tournament.
On Feb. 22, the FHS We the People team was recognized at the Indiana Statehouse for winning the 2017 state title.
Founded in 1987, the program focuses on teaching constitutional principles with the goal of retaining an educated population.
Liz Paternoster, an FHS government teacher who advises and coaches the team, said it is already off to a great start this year. She said team has 29 members, the largest in FHS history.
“I want to help these kids and help the community more,” she said. “Giving back and getting them connected with the community is really important to me.”
Paternoster said the fundraiser is a way to have fun while raising funds for the team. She said past fundraisers have conflicted with several other events within the school, including the Riley Dance Marathon.
“Moving the fundraiser to September seemed to be a much better plan,” she said. “For regional and state (competitions), we need funds as well. This extremely valuable program comes at quite a cost.”
The fundraising goal is $10,000 to help supplement student costs for competitions and community projects.
For the We the People Founders Tournament, teams of six compete in a best-ball format using a shotgun start, with collective scores used to determine final rankings.
First-place finishers receive $1,000. Second-place finishers receive $600 and third-place teams receive free tickets for the entire team at next year’s tournament.
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 7. For more, visit whynotgolf.com/wtpfounderstournament.