Schools and Libraries
January 20, 2014
Long Beach High School was the proud host of Long Beach Model Congress XIX on the weekend of Jan 10. Approximately 275 students from seven neighboring districts assembled for two days of congressional style debates, meals, entertainment and networking. Model Congress delegates from East Meadow, Lawrence, Oceanside, New Rochelle, Seaford, Wantagh and Hewlett divided into committees to hammer out legislation dealing with a host of foreign and domestic issues.
As members of the host district, Long Beach High School delegates chaired the committees and organized all the activities for the two-day event. Long Beach Model Congress executive board members Azza Ben-Moussa, Allyson Golden, Hannah Piazza, Rebeka Smith and Alec Wall organized the event under the guidance of adviser Matthew Hartmann.
Model Congress gives students a chance to engage in a role-playing simulation of the United States Congress. These schools get together eight times during the school year and debate various pieces of mock legislation like an actual legislative body. Awards are given for outstanding delegates, both in committee and full session.
As part of a change made three years ago, Long Beach executive board members moved to minimize the size of the physical awards given, using the money instead to help others. Each year since, the delegation has chosen a different charity to support. This year, Long Beach Model Congress XIX donated $1,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and also provided $1,000 in gift cards to Long Beach residents still struggling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
"I am proud of our delegation for switching the emphasis away from personal accolades and toward a sense of generosity and communal responsibility," said Mr. Hartmann.