WASHINGTON -- A team of students from Amador Valley High School placed second Monday in a national competition on knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The students from Amador Valley faced teams from 45 states and the District of Columbia at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

Teams spent the weekend competing in simulated congressional hearings designed to test their constitutional knowledge in front of committees made up of judges, public officials, constitutional scholars, lawyers and others. On Monday, the top 10 schools took part in hearings inside the U.S. Capitol.

The students were quizzed on the Constitution's philosophical and historical foundations, its creation and amendment, its effect on American society, and challenges it may face in the future.

Grant High School, of Portland, Oregon, won first place. Amador Valley was the only California school in the top ten.