The Harrison High School Model Congress team competed in the Yale Model Congress and returned with a total of eight awards, including one best delegate, four honorable mentions, and three best legislation awards. This was the second time Harrison High School has competed at this particular conference.
Harrison High School Award winners were: Best in Committee (Gavel) Recipient: Drew Goldberg-Blue House Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Honorable Mention in Committee Recipients: Nutsa Beradze- Purple House Education and Workforce; David Giff- Red House Transportation and Infrastructure; Joshua Gomez-Cruz- Blue House Financial Services; Remy Rabin- Blue House Education and Workforce.
Best Legislation Recipients: Aidan Lefkowitz- Red House Foreign Affairs; Parker Gibbons- Purple House Intelligence; Ben Lovinger- Purple House Homeland Security.
The Yale Model Congress was founded in 1993 by a group of Yale undergraduates who hoped to foster an appreciation for American democracy in high school students and inspire them to be active citizen, according to the organization’s website. For 25 years, they have furthered this mission by hosting hundreds of delegates from across the country for a unique educational experience unlike that received in a traditional classroom setting. At the conference, delegates assume the responsibilities of our elected officials and attempt to address the nation’s most pressing issues.
This was a very special year for Harrison High School with an increase in freshman and sophomore participation in the club. Students were able to participate in robust debate about current political issues, while exploring the Yale campus.
“This conference was an exciting start to our 2018-2019 seasons of competition,” said Club Vice- President Matthew Griff, “The four awards from freshman students was incredible to see considering we focused much of the year on practicing with these students. Personally, this competition has enabled me to take what I have learned in my classes at Harrison High School as well as my learning outside of school into a competition based setting. I was surrounded by many like-minded students who all had something interesting to add to the discussion.”
The Harrison High School Model Congress team has many exciting conferences in this upcoming year including Harvard Model and the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress Conferences.