By John Anderson

This story unfortunately got trumped by bigger news when it was scheduled to run this spring, but the involved people deserve recognition for their contributions. Auburn Mass Daily is striving to avoid similar situations, but our staff is very small.

Although the Auburn team did not make the top ten at the national We The People competition, advisors Vincent Benacchio and Spencer Kennard told Auburn Mass Daily that the team performed very well. It seems to take years to build success in this unfunded national competition, and the Auburn community deserves a lot of credit for helping in this effort.

The following individuals, businesses and organizations helped the We The People students make it to Washington, D.C. for the national competition:

Carolyn Jeffries, Auburn High School Class of 2012, Coffee Mug, Boost Fitness, Mr. Swedberg, Stephen & Marie Quintadamo, Footlocker, Auburn Town Pizza, Casson-Foster Photographers, ISAAC Alterations Abir Chabo, GFWC Auburn Jr. Woman’s Club Inc, AJ Hovanesian CTC Jewelry, Bonardi’s Formalwear, EL Tan and Nail Salon, Richard Lundgren, INC. Lundgren Honda of Auburn, Janet Rabidou Donna Beauregard, E. & A. Berberian.

Y. M. Rutledge, Chucks’ Steak House & Margaritagrill, Courtland & Charlotte Kiltes, Karen Blais, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Tale of the Cod, Erica Bushe, Auburn Middle School Student Council, Rep. Paul Frost, Senator Moore, Palmer & Hammon Tax Services, Mary Laprad, Auburn High School Guidance Dept., Gail & Ronald Holloway, Chick-Fil-A Westborough, Peter & Rachel Rhein, Mrs. Carlson, Pappas Foundation, Auburn Public Schools, Foulkrod Family, Christine Credit.

Karen & Steven Blais, Thomas & Elizabeth Gillis, Stephen & Kathryn Rutledge, Buffalo Wild Wing’s, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Dufour, Mr. Niedzwiecki, Dr. Brunelle, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Laprad, Mr. Handfield, Mrs. Nawn, Mrs. Carpenter, Ms. Donahue, John & Kelley Joseph, Auburn Webster Lodge of Elks #2118, Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club, INC., Tom & Stella Battista, Deborah & Rick Cyr, Nicole Grabowski, Bridget Canty, Alicia O’Connell.

Jeffrey LaBonte/Auburn Mass Daily, Amora Catherine Mello, Anne Canty, Jean & Bill Leavitt, Carolyn Moss, Greg Benacchio, Chris Cubbedge, Kyle Quitadamo, Erina Kim, J. Bates & Son, LLC, Deanna Keaney, Auburn Masonic Charitable Assoc., Katherine McClellan, BOGEY MEOW, Mary & Bob Quinn, Katie Miller, Auburn Police Department, Stacy Fitzgerald, Mandy Williams, Nelson Family, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Center for Civic Education.

Major David Brodeur Foundation, National Grid, Mike Lawson, GoFundMe, Steve Coyne Foundation, Anne & John Coyne, Papa Gino’s, Mrs. Bernard, Patricia Pezzella, Joyce Bylund, Auburn Democratic Town Committee, Karen Trilligan, Joseph Martin, McDonald’s, Jaimee Martin, Katherine Read, Kathleen Gallagher

Thank you to all for supporting Auburn’s fine students, and thank you to the hard working students and advisors who made Auburn number one in the state for two years in a row.