Williston Takes Third in We the People Competition


We’re proud of our We the People participants, who worked incredibly hard and took third place state-wide! The competition has a “constitutional hearing” format, where students are divided into six groups of three and each group presented twice during the day.

Students in the Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics course have participated in the We the People competition since 1998. This year, 31 students from Williston competed in the January 26 event.

Students have to defend their ideas in response to judges’ questions and it helps them hone their public speaking, critical thinking and debating skills.

“Now, especially, engaging students in discussing the structure, development, and process of our government is so important,” said Head of School Robert W. Hill III. “We feel that students who have a full understanding of how government works are more likely to keep up with the news, to vote, to contact their elected officials, and to participate in the democratic process.”

Nina Renkert ’20 won the Claudette Desrosiers prize for her participation in the program.