Takyar & Flynn Lead 38 BHMCers at Princeton MC in DC With Gavel Performances
Like the blizzard that blanketed Branford in mid winter, so too did BHS MC blizzard Princeton once again this Fall, this time in our nation's capitol. Senior Presidents Delaram Takyar and Joe Flynn led a nor'easter attack at PMC that saw BHS MC once again win double digit awards. Takyar's gavel in the Supreme Court, where she dominated, and Flynn's in Foreign Relations, where he took control, were joined by senior Jeff Warner's gavel in International Relations, where he held steady. Honorable Mention awards were won by new bhsmc senior prez Hannah Young, and new bhsmc vps Matt Mierz & Kelsey Mullane. Rounding out the remaining hon. mentions were seniors Alex Roberts, Allie Kowolenko, and last and certainly not least but literally our 10th award was Kevin Peterson for his full House session performance, not an easy task. Junior Ryan Hackett also won an hmention for his honorable duty in armed services, his first award, finally! Other very strong senior performances noted by PMChairs were by mc prezs Kseniya Shavrova, Meg OBrien, Jon Carlson and new mc prezs Rachel Baker, Alex Acunzo, and Chris Giri. Other very competitive performances were by seniors Carl Dasigan, Billy Irwin, and Ricky Weiss. All bhsmcers had their game faces on in committees and very happy faces outside of sessions It was a great weekend in Washington!
At Yale MC, an army of over a hundred bhsmers, mainly underclassers, many first-second timers, invaded the yale campus the first weekend in december. Senior bhsmc vp Kelsey Mullane ran for President of YMC, losing runner-up to a rapper opponent, whose speech-rap was truly creative, original, and impressive. Nevertheless she was a dynamic force in the Presidential Cabinet, representing bhsmc with excellence. First timer sophomore Dan Lomartra garnered an impressive gavel for his persuasive performance in House Natural Resources. Frosh Eden Wooster won an honorable mention for her strong performance in Transportation. Other excellent performances were by junior Carley Weted and sophs Chrissy Beaulac, Calla Cameron, Jen Flynn, Abby Raynor and Edgar Ortiz.
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. 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 25 students and at Yale 15.
A special shout out thanks to MC Prezs Acunzo, Baker, Flynn, OBrien, Shavrova and Takyar who helped chaperone the Yale conference with Cintron and Peterson. All senior prezs deserve special thanks for their leadership at all practice sessions (~20) in October and November that well prepped, so to speak, the YMCers for battle with mad skills, game faces & attitude.
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, not to mention also keeping the high expectations and legacy of 2010 alive and well.
PS-- About 5000+ photos from PMoot, PMC, YMC, Fall Prep Sessions are on the Photo link above, check &
PSS-- 37 BHS MCers head to HarvardMC in Feb, 28 PennMC end of March, 20 PMoot April, & 50 ColumbiaMC hopefully April.
PSSS-- Mark your calenders for the 14th Annual Fundraising Concert w/ the Yale Whiffenpoofs on Sat April 16th at 7pm, 5:30 Food Court, at BHS. Officers plan on working the event.
Posted on 2011 Jan 29 by James Petela
BHS MCongress Victorious Again At Princeton Moot Court, Shavrova & Irwin Winners, Takyar & Roberts Runner-up
Over Columbus weekend another conquest occurred on North American lands, for the fourth consecutive time BHS Model Congress won the Princeton Moot Court Tournament. Seniors Kseniya Shavrova and Billy Irwin kept Branford's winning streak alive by defeating Delaram Takyar and Alex Roberts in another Branford dominated final round. After 5 court rounds on Friday and Saturday, the two experienced senior teams of Shavrova and Takyar made the Tourney Top 8 (35 teams from 7 schools participated). The BHS MC teams then won their quarter and semi rounds in the afternoon against teams from New Jersey and New York before facing off against each other Saturday night in front of a panel of 9 Princeton judges, who made the final round extremely engaging and entertaining with their constant questioning during their 20 minute each argument time. After some deliberation time and a close decision, the judges announced Shavrova and Irwin the 2010 Fall Champions.
Before the conference, the Branford teams (5 total, 2 senior and 3 sophomores, Zach Acunzo & Edgar Ortiz, Pompeo Mazzella & Carissa Kamin, Chase Fowler & Robby Hacker) prepared their arguments as both petitioner and respondent for a case entitled “State of Midlands v. Benjamin Quale Means.” The case focused on the fictional 15-year-old Benjamin Means, who was convicted by the government for assisting an internationally renowned terrorist assemble bomb-making materials. The police had accosted Means and interrogated him for 6 days without reading him his Miranda rights. After confessing, Means was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole on two counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism and one count of terrorism. He then appealed his conviction and sentence on 5th and 8th Amendment grounds. As petitioner, teams acted as the counsel for the state of Midlands and defended the conviction and sentence. Respondent represented Means and attempted to appeal his case. Both sides used previous Supreme Course precedents (40 pages worth) to construct coherent and convincing arguments with game faces.
Final congratulations go to Delaram Takyar and Kseniya Shavrova for winning Best Attorney Gavels, for both it was their second attorney gavel at PMoot. Delaram won the tourney last fall with Caitlin ONeill vs Keah Lonergan and Gio Esposito, and she was also in the finals last spring with Caitlin but that time they lost to Nicole Hobbs and Keah Lonergan. Hobbs and ONeill began BHS MC dominance the Spring of 2009 in our first tourney victory; both alumni are currently involved in their college's Moot Court/Mock Trial teams, ONeill at Duke, Hobbs at Yale.
What a way to begin the new year! BHS MCongress is now preparing three nights a week for the upcoming Princeton Model Congress in Washington DC the weekend before Thanksgiving and the Yale MCongress the weekend after. Over 100 students will attend these conferences. Hopefully a few more awards will accompany their return...
Posted on 2010 Oct 13 by James Petela
BHS MC 2011 About To Begin -- Applications Available This Week, Due Mon Oct 4
Led by a strong award winning senior Presidential Cabinet, namely Delaram Takyar, Joe Flynn, Kseniya Shavrova, Jon Carlson, and Meg OBrien, BHS MC continues this week to recruit new members to its program, to attend the 7 or 8 conferences available this year, hopefully soon to be posted to the right on this page.
Red white and blue handouts regarding conference scheds, program info, and applications are available in Petelas room in A23 for all interested students to stop by and pick up. They are due by Friday October 1st.
MC Officers should also stop by to pick up their special officer handout with conference and committee choice preferences. Senior Vice Prezs are Alex Acunzo, Rachel Baker, Carl Dasigan, Chris Giri, Hannah Young. Governors are Billy Irwin, Matt Mierz, Kelsey Mullane, Cath Pierre Louis, Paige Simmons, and Ricky Weiss. Junior VPs are Jess Carlson, Austin Connell, Jenna Greene, Ryan Hackett, Kelly Laske, and Carly Weted. Govs are Brian Sur and Tony Tala. Sophomore Officers are Zach Acunzo, Chrissy Beaulac, Jen Flynn, Chase Fowler, Carissa Kamin, Pompeo Mazzella, and Abby Raynor. All officers have the potential to be promoted, determined by input from Prezs and Petela, usually by Thanksgiving.
Meetings for officers will begin the week of Sept 27, and the week of October 4th Princeton MC delegates will meet to begin work on bills.
Posted on 2010 Sep 11 by James Petela