Model Congress offers students a chance to engage in a role-playing simulation of the United States Congress. These events are hosted by the Congress itself, Rutgers University, American International College, Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, The College of William and Mary, Harvard, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, and Northgate High school (Walnut Creek, California).
These simulations range in complexity from the government-sponsored Model United States House of Representatives, hosted on Capitol Hill and featuring six Congressional committees to Harvard's simulation.
Awards are presented for outstanding delegates, both in committee and in full session. Frequently, debaters call “winning” the highest award in a committee or full session "gaveling", and some exceptionally skilled debaters may "double gavel", or win the top award in both committee and full sessions.
The American International College's Model Congress Program is the longest-running program of its kind in the United States. Additionally, many high schools will often attend national model congress competitions at universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
Certain High Schools in New York, specifically the Nassau County and Westchester County areas, participate in a competitive debate league known as United Model Congress (UMC). These nine schools get together 8 times during the school year and debate over various pieces of mock legislation like how an actual legislative body would.
The schools involved (also known as delegations) are:
• New Rochelle High School
• Long Beach High School
• East Meadow High School
• Lawrence High School
• Oceanside High School
• Herricks High School
• George W. Hewlett High School
• Seaford High School
• Wantagh High School
For more information visit the official website here.
The registration process appears straightforward and the competitiveness will depend on how many students want to participate in this event.
The cost will vary depending on the univerisity or school's registration fees. For example, Yale Model Congress charges a Delegation fee (school fee): $100 and Delegate fee (per delegate): $90.
An interest or general ability to debate and communicate.
Confidence in this simulation experience.
A one off event occuring once a year.
The application process will vary depending on which organisation organises the Model Congress. A basic registration of the school will be required and other requirements may differ for each school as to how they choose their team.