Marshwood High School sent 18 seniors to Washington DC to compete in the 2019 We The People: Citizen and the Constitution, National Finals. The students participated in two days of hearings, presenting their views on issues such as: democracy and citizen participation, early state constitutions, the creation of the U.S. Constitution, voting rights in the U.S., the checks and balances system, congressional oversight, presidential power, judicial review, immigration, the right to privacy, national economic policy, free speech, and the lasting impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Marshwood finished 30th out of 56 teams nationwide.
In addition to competing, the students were able to visit national monuments, war memorials and historic sites, including: Arlington National Cemetery & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine memorial, the Korean & Vietnam War Memorials, the Lincoln, Jefferson, & F.D. Roosevelt monuments, the Martin Luther King Jr. monument, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Museums. The students also met with Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins .
The following students comprised the 2019 We The People team: Jacob Doyle, Melanie Dube, Morgan Hasty, Georgianna Hilton, Carolyn Hoerth, Anna Houghton, Makenna Janes, Celine Lawrence, Mikayla Manderville, Aidan McPherson, John Richard, Jacqueline Ruksznis, Malachy Taplin, Will True, Macey White, Matt White, Caleb Whiting-Grant, Mackenzie Young.