Senior BHS MC Prez Keah Lonergan garnered a gavel at Princeton MC in DC for her passionate and persuasive performance in her Foreign Affairs committee and an honorable mention for her fantastic full session work, and Patty Liu garnered a gavel for her amazing, articulate arguments in Yale's prestigious Presidential Cabinet. An army of 135 BHS MCers participated in the Princeton and Yale Model Congress conferences the weekends before and after Thanksgiving, earning over a dozen awards and once again impressing the Princetonian & Yalie conference presidents and chairs, and more importantly BHS MC Founding Father Petela, who proudly accepted at Princeton MC The Best Public School Award and Runner-up Best Delegation Award, out of almost 50 schools, the first time BHS MC has received this impressive recognition
<br /><br />At Princeton MC, Sr BHS MC Prezs Lonergan, Coulter, Hobbs, Esposito, and Broughal led a super senior stacked bhsmc delegation of 35 students in DC the weekend before Thanksgiving. Twenty one seniors, thirteen juniors and one soph marched on Washington and made their mark and voice heard in committe and full sessions. When the dust settled, eleven awards were won by 10 bhsmcers -- The coveted Gavels were won by seniors Keah Lonergan, Gio Esposito, Madeline Coulter, and Rachel Cassella. Honorable Mentions were won by seniors Kylie Broughal, Sergei Poljak, Sarah Neely, Pat Luchini, Nicole Hobbs, and junior Kevin Peterson
<br /><br />At Yale MC, Patricia Liu, the solo senior, led 81 bhsmcers -- eighteen juniors, thirty three sophs, nine frosh (and 26 shadows, mostly frosh on friday) the weekend after Thanksgiving. For many bhsmcers it was their first full conference and they took full advantage of all YMC and Yale, the greatest university in the universe, had to offer -- from tours to libraries, college courtyards w/ yalies welcoming them from their windows, classic ivy classrooms, food and friends and so much more. Joining Liu in the awards were fellow Presidential Cabinet member junior Joe Flynn and Armed Services committee member junior first timer Kelsey Mullane, both earning Honorable Mention Awards for their engaging and excellent performances.
<br /><br />A special shout out thanks to MC Prez Nicole Hobbs, who helped chaperone the entire trip from start to finish. Also helping out, when they were free from the Fall Play Dea, were fellow Sr Prezs Caitlin ONeill, Kylie Broughal, Keah Lonergan, Madeline Coulter and VP Rachel Rimm.
<br /><br />Winning an award is no easy task. Three awards are given per committee, one gavel and two honorable mentions, usually at the chair's discretion though sometimes delegate feedback/voting is taken into consideration, like at Princeton, though not at Yale. Chairs ideally consider the quality and quantity of speeches made, points questions asked, respect and attention shown, and bill that was written. At Princeton, committee sizes averaged 22 students and at Yale 15. <br /><br />Congratulations once again to the above award winners and also to the many other almost award winning PMC & YMCers who performed with excellence and enthusiasm and made BHS MC, BHS, and PETELA proud, once again.
<br /><br />PS-- About 5000 photos from PMC, YMC and the Fall Prep Sessions will soon be uploaded, hold tight and be patient, I need to put in some serious focus and grind game face time organizing and editing them before i upload them to the website, hopefully this weekend