For the second year in a row, Easthampton High School students are going to the nation’s capital to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.
Eighteen Easthampton High students will represent Massachusetts in a simulated congressional hearing competition for the “We the People” finals.
It’s part of the 32nd annual national competition held at the National Conference Center in Washington D.C.
During the hearings, the students will testify as constitutional experts before panels of judges acting as congressional committees.
They will test their knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply constitutional principles, and they are excited to represent the state they call home.
“It’s also an opportunity for students to compete academically, which is something that we don’t often see at the high school level,” teacher Kelley Brown explained. “We see sports and we see music. But this opportunity for students to really show their academic knowledge is very exciting.”
Student Sam Colenback told 22News, “It’s a big deal. I’ve been a part of sports teams my whole life so I’ve had that sense of being part of a team. But representing a whole state is new to me and it incentivizes us to really work hard.”
This is the second year in a row that students from Easthampton are competing. Last year, one of their teams won a “Best Overall Unit” award, which has only been achieved three times by a Massachusetts team in 31 years.
The competition takes place from April 26 to 30.