Teacher Dan Marcus and his “We the People” team from John Stark Regional High School will compete at the state level in January. From left front, Aliyah Browne, Hailey Nase, Carly Cook, Jessie Osgood, Nick Dahl, Connor McDonald, Bryce Moser, Gage Huard and Andrew Green.cOURTESY
John Stark's 'We the People' gears up for civics competition
So in his second year in Weare, Marcus formed the "We the People" class as an elective for students interested in civics. When the state mandated a civics class for students as a graduation requirement, Marcus' the class became an option for students who didn't want to take the standard class.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors learn about the Constitution, laws and our political system.
What makes the information learned in "We the People" is the competition, Marcus said. Each year, the students face off against students from other New Hampshire schools in regional and state competitions. Designed to simulate congressional hearings, the students testify about certain issues in front of a panel of judges.
The students are posed the question, give their answer and then must respond to follow-up questions, so having a good grasp of the subject is imperative.
Though all of the teams are strong, Marcus said it's Milford the students really want to beat. In the nine years they've been competing on the state level, Stark has won twice.
Whoever wins the state competition in January will be invited to Washington, D.C., to compete in the nationals.