On Saturday, 17 students from Manhattan Country School participated in a regional Model Congress at Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn. They competed against several independent schools to support bills they’ve been working on with the guidance of 5th grade teacher Pinki Shah and Community Service teacher Jermaine Lloyd. MCS students have been involved in Model Congress for the past four years. They learn to debate, research and write their own bills and get to experience how change takes place in a democracy.
MCS teams argued the merits of a wide range of subjects:
- An act to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants through medical research
- An act to ban Barbie dolls from public elementary schools
- An act to limit the amount of money that can be spent on or in support of a presidential campaign
- An act to give high school students, who come from a low income family with a grade point average between 3.0 and 4.0 to get a free college education
- An act to shut down social network websites during school hours for minors
- An act to justify warfare
- An act to lower the voting age to sixteen
- An act to ban saccharin that is used in diet soda and other sugarless products
MCS won three golden gavels, awarded to Altana (8th grade), Stefan (8th) and Naomi (6th). We had five honorary mentions awarded to Camrin (8th), Kai (8th), Mikah (8th), Isaiah (7th) and Oliver (6th). Of the 17 delegates, nine attended for the first time. And of those nine, two were honored (both 6th graders).
Of the eight bills our students wrote, two passed in their committees and one made it all the way through. That bill belonged to Altana and Camrin, who wrote: “An act to limit the amount of money that can be spent on or in support of a presidential campaign.”
“Feel free to congratulate the delegates as you see them. They worked very hard!” said Pinki.
Congratulations to Stefan, Altana, and Kai who have been with Model Congress since it began four years ago.
Full list of delegates:
8th: Stefan, Khalil, Mikah, Kai, Altana, Camrin
7th: Isaiah, Kevin, Jamal, and Savio
6th: India, Naomi, Oliver, Abraham, Evan, Atiya, and Camille
Other schools participating in this year’s Congress included Brearley, Chapin, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Foote, Hackley, Hewitt, Hudson, Little Red School House, Marymount, Packer Collegiate, St. Ann’s, St. Bernard’s, and Staten Island Academy.