Model Congress Takes It To The House

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

As the first quarter ends, it is just the beginning for the Trumbull High School Model Congress team, under the direction of advisor Ms. Boland. By the end of a one month span, the club will have participated in three different conferences, the premier trip being to Washington D.C. in mid-November.

The club kicked off their fall competitions on October 21st, when eleven students attended a local day conference at Wilton High School. In preparation for the competition, each individual wrote their own bill addressing a topic of their choice. The day was spent debating issues from students loans to foreign policy, culminating with a crisis committee related to North Korea’s nuclear threat at the end of the conference.

Even for an experienced member of the club, the day conference proved to be rewarding, as senior Shane Carley (‘18) would note. “The Wilton Model Congress Conference was truly a great experience,” Carley recalled, “Not only did I get to spend a day with some good friends but I got to hone my skills in competition. Ultimately, this conference made me more confident in presenting bills.”

Trumbull ended up taking home three awards, two of which were received by brand new members: Daniela Chuka (‘19) with an Honorable Mention in the Health, Education, Energy, and Labor Committee and Michael Cerulli (‘19) who earned Best Delegate in the Foreign Relations Committee.

The club had another chance to debate in a less formal setting at their home conference on Wednesday, November 1. Over thirty Trumbull students as well as seven students from Christian Heritage chose to participate in either the Judiciary and Ethics committee chaired by club leaders Derek Marble and Lawrence Zhang, and the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee chaired by Ethan Bachand, Kyle Beck, and Manan Manchanda.

“Coming from a club that only had nine members in its first year, this year has certainly been a shock to me,” said Zhang, an Executive Member of Model Congress. “We had the most participation at this conference than ever before. Centered around strong debates on issues ranging from campaign finance to maternity leave, it was certainly filled with a lot of great debate.”

Yet as the whole club knows, the best is yet to come. From November 16 to November 19, Trumbull will send 26 delegates down to Washington, D.C. for a conference hosted by Princeton University. The 4 day competition attracts over 1,200 students annually, and is the oldest Model Congress event in the nation. While the competition will be intense, Trumbull is prepared to bring their best to the conference. Good luck to Ms. Boland and the entire team!

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