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Easthampton students head to national competition in D.C.

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EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A group of Easthampton High School students will be representing Massachusetts in a national competition in Washington, D.C.

The students with the best knowledge of the Constitution will win. 

Bye bye Easthampton, hello D.C.  That's the destination for nearly two dozen Easthampton High School students and staff as they get ready to go head-to-head with the best schools in the country in the national 'We The People' competition.

"I think I feel relatively calm because we've spent the last two and a half months really intensely preparing for this," said teacher Kelley Brown.

'We The People' takes the form of a congressional hearing.  Students will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of the Constitution, while competing against other schools to speak confidently and clearly in front of a panel of judges.

"It's a challenge because you go to the competitions and you get questioned and you read your statements and you prepare them.  It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun," said Easthampton High senior Chantel Duda.

Easthampton High already won the state final in Boston back in January, advancing to the nationals for the second time in six years.

However, this time, Brown told Western Mass News that this particular group is prepared to not only do well, but to win.

"I think having a six year period where I was able to learn more about my government and understand more about how things work, I think I was better able to prepare them for that," Brown said.

Preparations also came from the community.  Sending two dozen students and staff to D.C. for five days is not cheap.

With the help of a GoFundMe page, school events, and generous donations, more than 500 donors raised more than $40,000.

This class can't thank Easthampton and beyond enough.

The competition starts Saturday.  If they make the top ten, it will be off to Capitol Hill on Monday.

"I never thought I'd be making supreme court jokes at 6:15 in the morning with my classmates. It's been a great experience, it's really fun," said Easthampton High senior Dillan Wilson.

The group will be updating us on the competition this weekend.

For a look at how things are going, CLICK HERE

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