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Easthampton High School and Williston Northampton team up for a civics competition showcase

For those in search of some election political entertainment, Easthampton High School and the Williston Northampton School are hosting a special practice showcase Wednesday night for their respective “We the People” civics teams.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Williston’s Reed Campus Center, the two schools will combine forces for a series of mock Congressional hearings. Students will respond to a set of timed questions, judged by a panel of parents, teachers and school officials. Answers will be scored based on how well students demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

We the People teams from both schools have competed against each other at the statewide level. Last year, EHS’s team won the right to represent Massachusetts at the national civics competition in Washington, D.C. Williston is a former state We the People champion.

Peter Gunn, chair of the Easthampton School Committee and a history teacher at Williston, described tonight’s free public event as “an all-too-rare collaboration between a public and an independent school.”

He added that he has worked closely with EHS history teacher Kelley Brown in recent years as they prepare their school’s respective teams for the competition.

The statewide We the People contest is scheduled for January 2013 at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government in Boston.

For details on tonight’s showcase, call 529-3207.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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