AHS ‘We The People’ Group Heading Back to Nationals

by | Mar 2, 2015

Submitted photo courtesy Armand White Photography

Submitted photo courtesy Armand White Photography

For the second year, the Auburn High School ‘We The People’ group has won the state title, and has earned a bid to the national competition at George Mason University in April.

“I am just so proud of my students. They represent everything that is great about our country” said Spencer Kennard, AHS Social Studies teacher and one of the group advisers along with Vincent Benacchio.

Says Mr. Benacchio, “These students are currently enrolled in Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics. It is in this course that students learn how to properly participate in a democracy. They learn about the rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. They become experts in constitutional law and jurisprudence.”

The group now faces two daunting tasks: preparing to compete against the best and brightest students in the country and raising $50,000 to fund the trip for the approximately 40 students, advisers and chaperones.

There are several ways you can help the group reach this goal.  There is a GoFundMe site established.   The website is www.gofund.me/AHSWTP.

The group will be holding a spaghetti dinner on April 3rd at Auburn High School. There will be a raffle for gift baskets, a silent auction, fun trivia, and more.  The event will be held from 5pm to 8pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students; $8 for children under 10 and Seniors 65+; and Veterans eat for free.

You can also send a check directly to AHS, 99 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA 01501 and note “We the People” in the Memo section.

The ‘We The People’ experience has been an incomparable experience for the AHS students. Says student Kristen Pike, “The moment when it was announced that Auburn had won the state championship was indescribable, working together we had become closer than any other team I had ever been a part of, and we all felt the joy of that victory.”

According to student Adam Gillies, “The class has taught me the importance of both the written and spoken word, and how to use both to convey my thoughts. This class has produced some of my greatest memories in my 17 years of living, and it has been an incredible experience all around.”

Adds senior, Patrick Lovely, “I have learned so much about The United States, its government and the Constitution itself. I can’t wait to take my newly acquired knowledge to the voting ballots in the future and I can feel confident in my abilities as an informed voter.”

Clearly this is a program worth getting behind, one that represents Auburn proudly on a national level.