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OUTSTANDING AT NJ MODEL CONGRESS 2019!

KINGSWAY’S Allen, Cavallaro, Banga, White, McNeil,
Patel, Wordelmann, Henjes, Gorman & Girard
OUTSTANDING AT NJ MODEL CONGRESS 2019!

The Kingsway HS Delegation to NJ Model Congress 2019 took impassioned debate to the campus of Rider University on March 22st, 2019. By the time the Congress adjourned on March 22th, ten Kingsway students distinguished themselves as Outstanding Delegates. In addition, two KRHS delegates successfully served the Congress as Republican Party Whip and Committee Chair.

NJ Model Congress offers high school students from across the State the opportunity to simulate the experience of working in the U.S. Congress. Its objective is to educate students in the workings of government and to encourage active involvement in the democratic process. To prepare, delegates are tasked to select a topic and write a legislative bill with the goal to persuade fellow delegates to vote it into law. Delegates had gathered this past December and early March in the Trenton State House Annex to choose their parties, leaders, chairs, and to hammer out party platforms.

 

The 2019 Kingsway Delegation of 27, spent hours of rigorous preparation on bills and speeches. Kingsway met the challenge from 16 other NJ high schools to distinguish themselves in committees and in overall sessions of the Congress. Delegates are chosen as Outstanding by their chairpersons, based on the delegate’s efforts to engage in vigorous, rigorous, and dynamic debate.

 

Kingsway’s Outstanding Delegates include Gabrielle Allen, Olivia Cavallaro, Esha Banga, Matthew White, Ethan McNeill, Radhey Patel, Morgan Wordelmann, Emma Henjes, Angelique Girard, and Kevin Gorman. These students represent more than a third of the Kingsway delegation.

 

Kingsway was also well-represented in leadership positions. Sophomore Joseph Collins III was selected Republican Party Whip and Junior Kim Liquori served as Chair for the Senate Committee on Education. Due to the efforts of Mr. Collins, the Republican Party met all their targeted goals, while Ms. Liquori presided over a well-run committee, which saw several passionate debates.

 

“At New Jersey Model Congress, I received an Outstanding Delegate award and passed my bill on affirmative action in the Government and Reform Committee,” said KRHS Delegate Kevin Gorman. “I also passed my bill in the full House of Representatives. Model Congress has not only helped me grow as a person, but also has helped me become a strong public speaker and debater.”

 

Another Outstanding Delegate, Emma Henjes, stated that she “really enjoyed going to NJMC. I met a lot of really cool people and challenged myself to get more involved in politics. It was so interesting to see people who were just as passionate about certain issues as me. Thank you so much, Mr. Young, for this amazing opportunity and pushing me to work my hardest!”

Ethan McNeill, who also earned a gavel as a standout debater at Princeton Model Congress in November 2018, summed up his NJMC 2019 experience: “Regardless of one’s political stance, NJMC grants the opportunity to understand both sides of the story.”

 

Delegate Radhey Patel declared that “NJMC was great! Speaking on bills was fun, especially playing devil's advocate, which I did most of the time. I'm happy I won Outstanding Delegate because that's what drove me to rise and speak. Having a bit of competition with Gabrielle (Allen) made me speak out even more. Overnight field trips are normally great, and this was no exception.”

In addition, the Kingsway Delegate to NJMC 2019 was augmented by the efforts of Victoria Adamucci, Anushree Chauhan, Samantha Delmar, Kaila Engle, James Greene, Samantha Homon, Isabella Huhn, Lillian Kowal, Anticia Peterson, Jasmine Torres, Natalie Vincent, Andrew Christine, Akshay Nair, Radhey Patel, Tioluwani Pinheiro, and Connor Zabielski,

 

“My NJMC experience brought me out of my shell and further developed my confidence and debating skills, despite the fact that the experience lasted only 48 hours,” said Ms. Adamucci. “It gave me incredible hope to see both those in my own party and the opposing parties set aside our differences to cooperate and pass legislation that we believed would genuinely improve the quality of life in the United States. I also met and became good friends with a group of people that I can confidently say is unlike any other I have ever seen. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend NJMC; similarly, I am very glad I followed through with debating my bill and the fact that it passed in my committee (even though we didn’t have time to debate it in a full session).”

 

Model Congress Advisor Andrew Young commends each delegate for their efforts and in the professional manner they conducted themselves as representatives of Kingsway.  “I’m very happy for the students. They prepared for this Congress in earnest and the results are proof of their hard work, commitment, and dedication.” Looking forward to next year, Mr. Young added, “We have a strong and experienced core of debaters coming back. My goal, as always, is to recruit more students to Model Congress and NJ Dramatic & Forensic League.”

Mr. Young sends out a heartfelt shout of thanks and much love to chaperones Marilyn-O’Rourke-Young and Ed Moody for their time, care, and efforts in making NJ Model Congress 2019 a success. He also thanks the KRSD for their unwavering support for this valuable program.

 

To request further information on the Public Speaking & Debate class, as well as Princeton Model Congress, NJ Model Congress, and NJ Dramatic & Forensic League, email Mr. Andrew Young at younga@krsd.org.