Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, political science professor at Black Hills State University, was recently invited to be a judge at the 20th annual "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition held in Washington, D.C., April 27-30.

Ahmad served as part of a panel of judges comprised of scholars, attorneys, and members of the judicial branch selected from across the country.

High schools representing every state in the union as well as the District of Columbia participated in this event. This year, as the winner of state finals, Spearfish High School represented South Dakota at the national competition.

The students were tested, through a process of simulated congressional hearings, about their information, analysis and judgment concerning the American political system.

The “We the People” program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its initiative to enhance the teaching and learning of American history, politics and culture in schools and colleges, and is administered by the Center for Civic Education in Washington, D.C.

Ahmad, who joined the BHSU faculty in 1992, was named the 2007 Distinguished Faculty member for his outstanding contributions to BHSU, the state, the nation, and the world. He received his master’s degree in political science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and his doctorate in political science from Southern Illinois University.