BICEN Charges Towards Nationals

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-News Editor

After a great win at states, the Trumbull High School We the People team is moving on to the national competition.
The Trumbull High School We the People team has been around since the 1980s, and it has gone to the national competition some 20+ times.

Ms. Boland, the current instructor of the class, has been teaching the We the People class for the past 6 years, and the team has gone to nationals ever since.

We the People students are a select 24 from the senior class taking the AP US Government and Politics class. Student selection involves teacher recommendation and even an interview process.

Jacob Fried, a member of the We the People team, described how the team works. “The way the competition works is that we had our state competition in December with about 6 teams from Connecticut. The class of 24 is divided into 6 units of 4 that all have a different concentration about government and the Constitution. Each team did a 4 minute prepared speech and then answered questions for 6 minutes of follow-up.

4 out of the 6 units from THS won for their unit, so the team as a whole won the competition and advances to the national competition in April in Washington, D.C.

Along with this great win, students also received their questions for the national competition recently. Preparation for the national competition involves a lot of work, ranging from reading articles to writing speeches to practicing question and answer sessions.

Fried describes his units’ question and the preparation process, “We just got our nationals questions about a week ago, so right now each unit is researching the topics of the three questions on they have to start writing 4 minute speeches and to gain background knowledge for follow-up.”

“My unit focuses on the historical and philosophical foundations of government so our topics range from Ancient Greek and Roman political theory, to the inalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence or the presence of values in the Constitution that embody the spirit of a free-market economy.”

Nick Marchenko (‘17), also describes the preparation process. “Right now we are in the research and script writing stage of preparation for nationals. Each day in class, we go online and read articles and papers detailing the topics that our questions are based on, and proceed to write out the script for the competition.”

After the team’s 22nd state championship, the 2017 We the People team has the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to try and bump up Trumbull High School from past competitions. We wish the best of luck to thel We the People team at the National Competition this April.

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