Long Beach Model Congress Competes at East Meadow

By: Jacqueline Grubermodel congress2

Long Beach Model Congress delegates recently competed at East Meadow. This first debate was an encouraging experience for all delegates.

Model Congress is a club composed of students from Long Beach High School that debate and expresses their opinions and political views.

Senior Rebeka Smith, the delegate chair on the executive board of the club, said, “What I love most about the club is that it is voluntary to speak. No one is forced to do anything they do not want to. When you speak you have to freedom to express yourself and not be judged.”

Delegates go to foreign congresses each month to compete in different committees, cheers, and preliminaries such as House and Senate.

A committee is centered on a common theme or current issue. Committees include, but are not limited to:

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll        Education and Welfare
Visual Arts                                           Philosophy
Space Science- Fiction                      Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs                                   Technology
Supreme Court                                   Gaming/Athletics
Health                                                  Human and Animal Rights
Teen Issues                                         Time Warp

To win a congress, delegations are scored in diverse categories such as:
1.behavior/respect, commonly called decorum

2. clean up, after all meals

3. cheers and board cheers

4. debate

The most important part of a congress is the cheering. Although, people do receive awards such as shout outs, accommodation, honorable mention, and best speaker. It is not about the awards. It’s about having the courage to get up and speak in front of an audience.

Whether it is sponsoring a bill, primary opposition, general debate, or asking an inquiry, all model congress delegates are encouraged to speak their mind. We wish the Long Beach Model Congress a great year!!!

Model Congress Board Members

Model Congress Board Members

It is never too late to join! Come down to the upper auditorium on Thursdays for an afternoon full of fun and debate.

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