For a stretch of four days, albeit it in a roleplaying format, a group of students from Wilbraham & Monson Academy shaped the present and future of the United States of America.
Led by WMA CEGS Department Chair Anthony Kandel, 11 Academy students participated in the annual Harvard Model Congress, which is the largest government roleplaying conference in the country.
Three WMA students earned recognition for their performance at this year's event, which was held in Boston Feb. 21-24. Zane Abal-Sadeq '19, serving as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida's 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives on the Foreign Affairs Committee, was named Best Delegate.
Liam Etti '20 and Jack Perenick '21 received Honorable Mention status. Liam portrayed Eliot Engel of New York's 16th Congressional District in the House of Representatives on the Foreign Affairs Committee, while Jack represented Ron Wyden of Oregon on the Senate Finance Committee.
Zane on what he got out of participating in Model Congress at WMA: "I love that I have improved my public speaking abilities in the program, as well as improving my general knowledge on a variety of international problems. I have to note that Dr. Kandel throughout the program provoked us all to think about specific political topics that were central to our committees."
Zane on this year's event: "This was my first Model Congress and it gave me a good insight onto the parliamentary procedures of the larger American government. I wrote four bills, three of which were passed through our committee."
Jack on what he enjoyed the most about Model Congress: "I enjoy being surrounded by so many people who care so deeply about Model Congress and are invested and passionate about it. It's a great opportunity to be able to experience that environment because it does motivate you to do great things."