Milford High School’s "We the People…" team recently finished their competition season in Washington, D.C., where they represented the state in the program’s national competition.
Milford High School’s "We The People..." on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
The team worked hard out-of-school to prepare for the competition.
"Our class ended in January, so all the work had to be done outside school hours," said Milford teacher and group coach Dave Alcox. "It was a semester of coffee houses and bookstores!"
"This competition gave Milford students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge at a national level," said Alcox. "[Our] students were focused on representing NH in the highest manner possible."
Alcox continued to say that the trip was a wonderful cap to the season.
"The competition in D.C. brings the course full-circle. They finally get to see firsthand what they’ve studied for the last year," he said. "Many of them had never been to D.C., so it was excited to see their reactions to the sights and sounds of [the city]."
That the team didn’t make it to the final round of the competition had little importance on the morale of the group, said Alcox.
"I’m extremely proud," he said, "of the efforts and hours of work the students put forth to prepare themselves for this competition.
NH Attorney Judges "We the People…" Nationals
Martin Honigberg of the Concord firm of Sulloway & Hollis recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he served as a New Hampshire representative judge of the program, to judge at the national competition.
He judged 25 states’ teams and says he was impressed by all of them.
"They’ve studied the constitution, its history, its theoretical underpinnings, its changes over the years and its applications," Honigberg said. "They have looked at studies and read books about society. Many of these students could be plunked down in a law school constitutional law class and hold their own."
Honigberg did not judge the New Hampshire team, but met with the Milford team and wished them luck. And though the team didn’t reach the finals, Honigberg says that being at the competition alone has much merit.
"The kids who do the competition…are tested in a way that is different from what they’re used to experiencing in classes and, as a result, the information probably gets deeper in their brains," he said. "[The competition] energizes kids and their families to be interested in the Constitution and a citizen’s role in society. That’s a good thing."