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Eastchester HS Students Win Best Legislation Award At Yale Model Congress

Joanna Georgiou's bill focused on benefit coverage for corporate contract employees and Ryan Herrschaft's bill advocated specific prison rehabilitation programs.
Joanna Georgiou's bill focused on benefit coverage for corporate contract employees and Ryan Herrschaft's bill advocated specific prison rehabilitation programs. Photo Credit: File

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester High School students Joanna Georgiou and Ryan Herrschaft both won the Best Legislation Award in their committees at Yale Model Congress (YMC).

Their bills were the best, both in terms of writing and presentation, out of the 15 delegates in their respective committees.

Georgiou's bill focused on benefit coverage for corporate contract employees and Herrschaft's bill advocated specific prison rehabilitation programs.

Yale Model Congress provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the American legislative system firsthand. YMC delegates debate important issues in a forum that encourages individual thought.

Student delegates attend small committee sessions, debate their own legislation, participate in plenary meetings of the Senate or House of Representatives, hear from distinguished guest speakers, represent themselves and their ideas rather than playing the roles of others and receive personal attention from YMC’s staff.

Yale Model Congress, like the U. S. Congress, consists of small, specialized committees (of 15 to 25 students) and larger plenary bodies modeling the House and Senate. By writing and debating legislation on issues of personal interest, delegates set the agenda for committee sessions. Bills and resolutions passed in committee sessions earn consideration in the full House or Senate. Those passed during plenary sessions reach the YMC President, who signs them into YMC law.

For more information on Yale Model Congress, click here .

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