We always like to say here on Stateside that we are eager to get your ideas for stories that we should tell and people we should profile.
So when we got an email from Charlie Todd and Barb Schmidt of Howell - proud grandparents - telling us about a very special teacher at Howell High School, and his very special students, we soon realized that this was a story we wanted to share with the rest of Michigan.
We hear lots about the victories of high school teams all over the state. Generally it has to do with football, basketball, soccer, hockey.
This victory is different. The competition is called "We The People."
Schools compete based on their students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.
And this year Howell High School came in first in the state in the "We The People Competition," which was a first for Howell High and for any high school on the east side of the State.
The three competing students, Jon Reck, Aaron Osborne, Jake Tholen, and their teacher Mark Oglesby joined us today. Oglesby won the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year in 2011.