We The People

We the People consists of students from the AP Government and Politics class. The competition, held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, simulates congressional hearings where Auburn students compete against schools from all over Massachusetts. Topics include philosophers, the founding of America, and how the Constitution affects our day to day lives. The We the People team finished second place in the state competition.

For the last 10 years Auburn High School’s Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics class has competed in an academically demanding event known as the "We the People..." State Competition. Mr. Kennard and Mr. Benacchio run the "We The People..." team and each year the competition, held in late January, is hosted by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate (Formally held at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.) Auburn was named 2014 & 2015 Massachusetts We the People State champions.[3] As state champions, Auburn High School represented Massachusetts at the national level in Washington, D.C. The team raised over $50,000 each year in order to get to Washington D.C., most of which came from the local Auburn community.

In 2016 & 2017 Auburn finished third in the state.  In 2018, Auburn finished second, and was named a State Wild Card for the 2018 National Competition.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution provides students with the opportunity to utilize and expand upon their knowledge regarding civic education by simulating congressional hearings. This program is the most extensive educational program in the country that prepares young adults to be active and informed citizens who are able to contribute to the betterment of society.[4]

Advisors: Mr. Kennard (2006) & Mr. Benacchio (2005)