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Bar News - February 18, 2011

Law Related Education: John Stark High School to Represent NH in We the People National Competition
NH Supreme Court Counsel Howard Zibel, left, and Governor John Lynch, right, stand with members of the John Stark High School We the People team after they were presented with Unit Awards at the District Competition.
Nashua High School students Emma Wolper and Dan Croteau during a competition session at the State Competition.
Students from Milford High School during a competition session at the State Competition.

Thirteen students from John Stark Regional High School in Weare have earned the right to represent New Hampshire in the national competition for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. The NH Bar Association staged two competitions, in December and the finals on Jan. 7, to select the state champion. Itís the 24th year that the Bar has sponsored the program in NH.

The competition was highlighted by a special visit from Governor John Lynch in December.

The John Stark students overcame challenges to prevail. "We are a very young class. Since students donít take US history at John Stark until junior year, this was a bit of a disadvantage for our [six] sophomores," said Dan Marcus, who has participated in We the People since John Stark joined the program six years ago. "However, I can tell you that from the beginning this has been a very enthusiastic group. Very simply, the kids worked very hard."

The hard work pays off, says Marcus, in the recognition earned by the win, but more importantly for the understanding that students gain from participating in a program that requires such thorough study of the Constitution.

"It is well-documented that kids who take this program are more likely to vote and to get involved in politics. In fact, tests have shown that We the People students are more informed about government than college students," Marcus said.

The students will represent New Hampshire at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national competition on April 30 in Washington, DC.

NH Bar Foundation, Upton Law Firm Donate to We the People Team

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