February 20-24, 2014. Thirteen Wilton High School Model Congress
students participated in the 2014 Harvard Model Congress Conference.
students that participated in the four day United States Government simulation
demonstrated their mastery of the skills and concepts learned at Wilton High
Unlike the Yale Model Congress Conference that was held in
December, at Harvard Model Congress, Wilton Model Congress members were
required to portray a current U. S. Senator, House member, a member of
Barack Obama’s staff or cabinet, a Supreme Court justice, a member of the
press, or a member of an interest group.
Model Congress simulations are amazing opportunities for high school students to engage in civil discourse. Any student at Wilton High School can join the Model Congress, students meet every Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:15pm, visit the Wilton High School Web Page for more details.
Prior to arriving at the Harvard Model Congress Conference, Wilton High School Model Congress students met with their advisor Mr. Kenneth Dunaj in order to develop and practice parliamentary procedure, debate skills, and bill/policy writing.
After hours of preparing, debating, composing legislation, lobbying, and compromising in Boston, the following students have been recognized by the Harvard Model Congress for their Outstanding work (Each will receive a gavel as their trophy):
Freshman Randy Ramirez -- Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Sophomore Maya Seshan -- Senate Select Intelligence
Junior George Mgalobishvili -- Senate Environment and Public Works and Democratic Caucus Leader
Junior Jeremy Brewer -- Lobbyist for Cato Institute
Junior Alika Zangieva -- President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, National Security Council
The leaders of the Harvard Model Congress were impressed with Wilton’s first showing at the conference. The Wilton delegation had the highest percentage of students earning gavels (Outstanding Delegate Awards) out of seventy participating schools. The entire Wilton educational community should praise the work of these fine young adults. Perhaps one day they will be running for office in Connecticut.