On Saturday, May 20, 12 student delegates from Manhattan Country School attended Model Congress at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
The delegates that proudly represented MCS and their families this year were Aaron G., Layla H., Anais O., Jory L., Roxanne S., Ricky C., Malik S., Madeleine L., Gabriela M., Jack T., Stella A. and Lillian P.
After three months of classes, these delegates were prepared and excited to defend their seven bills. During the event, delegates broke off into separate committees based upon the content of their bill. These committees are meant to resemble actual congressional committees and include judiciary; education; health; housing & urban affairs; and science, space & technology. Bills that were passed in the Morning Committee Sessions were then reviewed in one of four Full Sessions: House I, House II, Senate I and Senate II.
- As always, our student delegates presented bills that address a variety of domestic issues that have global impacts. The titles of our students’ bills were:
- An act to overturn Citizens United so as to protect the future of American Democracy
- An act to legalize sex work
- An act to make the energy companies transition from using fossil fuels to using energy sources
- An act to raise the federal minimum wage
- The Abortion Access Rights Act
- The Assault Firearm Restriction Act
- An act to prohibit conversion therapy of gender or sexual orientation
At the end of the day, five of our seven bills received passing votes and three of those bills were nominated to Full Session. During Full Session, our student delegates delivered strong arguments supported by narratives full of facts, percentages and confidence.