Bar News - May 15, 2009
Milford Team Wins Award at We The People National Finals
By: Senator Robert Letourneau
The NH team from Milford High School representing We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution at the National Finals won the highest score for unit three. This unit asked the question: “How has the Constitution been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence.”
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is an annual high school civics competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. The competition centers on the U.S. Constitution and is supported in New Hampshire by the NH Bar Association. Each year in May the winners of the state competitions meet in Washington, DC to compete in the nationals.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Virgin Islands participate. In addition, this year’s finals had educational observers from China, Greece and other countries.
The setting for this competition is a simulated congressional hearing at which the students are given four minutes to make a presentation and six minutes to answer follow-up questions from the judges to further determine the depth of knowledge of the students.
Senator Robert Letourneau from Derry was a judge at the nationals this year. On his return, he made a short speech on the senate floor which included a brief outline of the program and the Milford accomplishment; this speech will go into the permanent record of the NH Senate. Also, plans are being made to honor these students and their teacher Dave Alcox in the senate during an upcoming session.