PLEASANTON -- Amador Valley High School's competitive civics team is heading to the national competition for the 13th time in 25 years.

"All but two years of those 13, we've been in the top three," coach Brian Ladd said. "We probably have a record for second places."

Amador hopes to beat that second-place trend this year by walking away with top honors at the annual We the People competition to be held April 26-28 in Washington, D.C.

Both Amador and Foothill high schools competed at the state level as wild card teams since Fremont's Irvington High School took first place at the regional competition. Foothill took second place at the state conpetition.

"I think we're the first team to win (at the state level) as a wild card team," Ladd noted.

The Amador team has 24 students who will travel to Washington for the national contest. Amador won the national contest in 1995.