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Trumbull owns state We The People crown again

December 19, 2018

TRUMBULL — Trumbull High School once again won the state championship for the We The People citizenship and constitution competition at Central Connecticut State University.

This marks the 8th straight year the team, under the direction of teacher Katie Boland, has won the right to represent the state in the national competition, which is held April 26 to 30 in Washington, D.C.

The current team is comprised of 25 members of Boland’s Advanced Placement/Early College Experience Government and Consitutional Studies class. They practice since the start of the school year to become experts at testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing.

At the Dec. 17 2018 state competition teams were judged on their opening statement and ability to answer follow up questions from a panel of judges. The Trumbull team competed against teams from Greenwich High School, Immaculate High School in Danbury, South Windsor High School, Staples High School in Westport, Torrington High School and Wilbur Cross High in New Haven.

Trumbull came in first place with 808 points out of 840 possible points. Staples came in second and Greenwich, third.

The Trumbull team held practice sessions with history professors at Sacred Heart University, was provided research from Quinnipiac University law school, and help from Trumbull We The People alumni.

In 2017, Boland’s team came in 13th place in the national competition..

The team members are Hannah Auten, Kyle Beck, Delaina Bellows, Michael Cerulli, Ryan Cranston, James Dubreuil, Camryn Fetzer, James Gallo, Soumya Ganti, Owen Hopwood, Maxwell Hutchins, George James, Erin Knapp, Trinhan Le, Josephine Magnotti, Manan Manchanda, Gregory Manz, Liam McEniry, Katelyn Megale, Ivan Rosales, Audrey Soltis, Eric Sorge, Arnav Srivastava, Adith Velavan, and Seth Zweig.

Beck said there was pressure all semester to carry on the “Boland Legacy.”

“After spending months drafting countless opening statements, meeting with lawyers, professors, and experts on the functions of our government, and practicing question and answer sessions day after day, I could not be happier,” Beck said.

Boland said the work her students put into the competition brought tears to her eyes.

“Benjamin Franklin spoke of a “Republic if you can keep it” and these students certainly will maintain the republic for decades to come,” Boland said.

lclambeck@ctpost.com; twitter/lclambeck

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