On January 25th, students from Auburn High School traveled to Harvard University in Cambridge to participate in the “We the people: the Citizen and the Constitution” State Finals. The Auburn students won first place in the competition and will compete nationally in Washington D.C. on April 25th through 28th.
The group is now actively trying to raise $47,000 to fund the trip for the 35 members of the group, as well as faculty and parent chaperones.
The first local sponsor is McDonald’s at 72 Auburn St., which will donate 15% of all sales from 4pm to 7pm on Monday March 3.
There has also been a website established to collect donations at GoFundMe.com.
Social Studies teachers Vincent Benacchio and Spencer Kennard are the club advisers.
According to Mr. Benacchio, “The participating students represent an excellent cross section of the Auburn community. The majority of them are planning on attending four-year colleges while others have applied to military academies. 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 first round of the national competition will be held April 25 at George Mason University. If Auburn places in the top 10, they would move on to the national championship held in the U.S. House of Representatives chambers.
This is a true honor for the participating students and their faculty advisors. It also reflects positively on the Auburn District’s emphasis on a higher level of education. Advanced placement courses are a big part of this.