BOSTON – State Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and State Representative Paul Frost (R-Auburn) welcomed a team of Auburn High School students to the State House after their second straight overall win at the We the People state championship. Their victory at Braintree High School in late January propels them back to Washington D.C. in April where they will compete against peers from around the country.
“I am continually impressed by the students’ outstanding performance and their deep understanding of our Nation’s history” said Senator Moore. “Their success is not only a reflection of the students’ capabilities, but also a testament to the tremendous efforts of Auburn Public School educators to keep students actively engaged in civic learning.”
Rep. Frost said, “I am very excited for the Auburn High School students for winning this competition for the second year in a row. I find this to be a remarkable achievement as the students may only compete in their senior year, and therefore, there are no carry over participants from the year before.”
We the People is a national program that promotes civic competence and responsibility among students. As part of the curriculum, the program incorporates a simulated congressional hearing in which schools across the country compete for state and national titles. The Auburn team is led by advisers Spencer Kennard and Vincent Benacchio of the Auburn High School’s Social Studies Department.
“I congratulate all the students and their instructors on this terrific accomplishment” added Rep. Frost. “I applaud the students for their great efforts and passion to learn how their federal government works. It was a pleasure having them at the State House where they also had an opportunity to be formally introduced during a session of the House of Representatives. I wish them well in their national competition in Washington, D.C. I know they will do Massachusetts proud.”
Sen. Moore, who has attended the We the People state competition in the past, continues to support efforts in the Legislature to promote and enhance civic education. During the current legislative session, Sen. Moore co-sponsored civic-friendly legislation including An Act to involve youth in civic engagement, which would develop a Governor’s Youth Council to work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish model curriculum units to add civics to the history and social science curriculum framework.
Since its inception in 1987, more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. For more information about We the People, and to view other state finalists, visit http://www.civiced.org/programs/wtp.