TRUMBULL Conn. — The Trumbull High School We the People team is competing Monday in the national finals on Capitol Hill, after making the Top 10 of all competing teams last weekend.
The team has won the state championship five years in a row and has placed as high as eighth in the nation two years ago.
“We’re very excited and working hard to bring back results to Connecticut,” said teacher Katie Boland, the team’s adviser.
The Trumbull squad has won for 21 of the 29 years the state competition, which promotes civic competence and responsibility in high school seniors, has existed. This year they bested strong teams from Greenwich High, Staples High in Westport, St. Joseph’s High in Trumbull, Torrington High, Immaculate High in Danbury and South Windsor High.
Trumbull takes the competition seriously. Interested juniors have to write an essay and have an interview to make the 24-member team. They read and complete assignments over the summer and take a yearlong AP course related to the competition, which also gives them UConn course credit.
Boland conducts the class like a college seminar with creative assignments, such as writing a eulogy for a founding father or creating press briefings on constitutional topics.
The students get plenty of practice at events such as Evening with the Experts, at which they present their memorized, four-minute speeches and take questions from the floor, or in online and in-person coaching from attorneys from New York City-based Schulte Roth & Zabel.
The late Rita Altieri started the We the People program at Trumbull High, said Boland, who has lead the team for five years.
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