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Harvard Model Congress

March 2, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

16831864_1514835348556630_2666981231755892825_nOn February 23, more than 1,500 high school students from across the country came together to discuss the issues of our day. This year, Westminster Academy brought a delegation of 11 students.

These 11 represented seated members of Congress from across the country. We also had two students argue cases on the Supreme Court regarding voter rights, police profiling, and corporate rights of privacy. Two students sat on the National Security Council and dealt with Russian aggression and interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay. Some of the issues our Congressional delegates debated were refugees and national security, patent reform, guns on college campuses, and agricultural imports from Cuba.

Harvard Model Congress (HMC) is a great opportunity for our students to learn how government works. It also exposes students to the issues Congress is currently debating and teaches them how to listen to and consider differing points of view. To attend HMC, students must participate in the American and International Political Systems course as either a junior or senior. This course touches on political theory, and process, with a large focus on current events. We are very proud of our delegation this year and are looking forward to participating again in the future.