Strong constitution

MILFORD – The Milford High School “We the People” team took a motto from the U.S. Post Office as it won the 2015 Constitutional Convention state championship on Friday, Jan. 9 by defeating teams from Nashua and John Stark Regional high schools.

“Neither snow nor rain stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” applied to Milford students as they braved harsh road conditions to travel to Concord.

Thanks to Martha Brown of First Student Bus Company, the students were able to make it for the 11 a.m. competition.

Hollis was also supposed to compete, but the weather proved too much for them.

For two hours after they arrived, the Milford students faced questions about search and seizure, citizenship, civic virtue and duty, powers of the Supreme Court and the framers’ debates at the event.

The students broke for lunch and came back for the 1:30 afternoon round.

Principal Brad Craven, who has consistently attended the competitions, said this year’s team showed an unusual depth of understanding.

“I was amazed at the level of conversations they were having with the judges,” the principal said.

Superintendent Bob Suprenant also attended and said “the students’ application of difficult material to issues 200 years ago as well as to current events was flawless. I was most impressed with how comfortable they were with such difficult ideals and concepts.”

Two exchange students, one from Serbia and one from Jordan, were recognized for their contributions by a number of judges. Overall, the entire team can be proud of doing their part to keep the championship banner in Milford for another year.

This was the 13th time in 17 years that Milford has won the state meet.

At the awards ceremony the students were treated to a guest presentation by former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, where he proclaimed Milford the winner.

“This really validated all the hard work and effort we’ve put in all year,” said senior Kayla Worrall.

“It was really nice to be able to put my head down on my pillow at the end of the day knowing we were able to win a state championship for our town,” said Kayla Bullwinkel.

Team members say they were well prepared and it helped that they voluntarily meet over the summer to study and get a head start.

They will now prepare for the National Competition in Washington, D.C. from April 24-27.