BHS MC Off To An Awesome Start as 2007 Ends smile 5 To Go, Concert May 3rd
After a very busy prep session season with 16 nightly meetings mostly in October, over 100 BHS MCers attended the Yale & Princeton MCongresses in back to back weekends in November. The prep session season proved to be very beneficial to the program preparing new and veteran members with opportunities to polish their speaking and debating skills, learn parliamentary procedure, and write and re-write their bills. The sessions also provided an opportunity for six seniors to be promoted to join Jack Prior and Ben Robbins as new presidents -- John Ahern, Matt Casey, Chen Ding, Mike Golod, Kyle Montag, and Blair Worthington; promoted because of their consistent attendance and strong leadership during the many meetings. Six other seniors were also promoted to Vice Presidents to join Adina Bianchi and Matt Rosen -- Dan Aupi, Corey Chiocchio, Austen Fiora, Kyle Geltman, Hanna Kiskaddon, and Ajay Phadke. It was little surprise that a number of these presidents won awards at Princeton (see below), not to mention that they assisted many of their peers at both conferences to perform with confidence and competence in their respective committees. Advisor Petela could not have been more pleased with the behavior and performance of all his MCers at these first two conferences. Even the Presidents of both Yale and Princeton MCongress praised Petela for the impressive showing his students put on in session and out of session, representing Branford with much class and character, not to mention charm and charisma! laughing wink

At Yale, 72 bhsmc students (25 juniors, 30 sophs, 17 frosh) attended many committee sessions, enjoyed a great Yale Day tour led by alums George Miles and Petela, ate well (and a lot) at Bar Pizza, Hot Tomatos and other New Haven fine eateries, and as always dominated the dance floor at the final night congressional ball! The Awards ceremony on Sunday saw sophs Gio Esposito, Jenna Grande, Eric Nemarich, and Caitlin ONeill earn honorable mention awards, while the coveted gavel was won by sophs Carter Wells, Jenna Grande and junior Steph Altrui for their outstanding performances in committee and full sessions -- congratulations. smile

At Princeton, 43 bhsmc students (32 seniors & 11 juniors) also attended many committee sessions, engaged late first night guest speakers Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and DC Judge Jeb Boasberg (both college classmates of Petela), walked slowly at tours during the rainy day at Arlington Cemetery & the out of the ground Sleeping Giant Awakening sculpture and at midnight walked even more slowly through FDR, Lincoln, Vietnam & WWII memorials, were surprised by the conference special guest speaker Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, and enjoyed great dinners and shopping in Georgetown, Union Station, and Chinatown -- as expected it was a full five engaging and exhausting days of Washington DC & PMC. At the conference, BHS MC for the first time had one of its own, senior bhsmc president Ben Robbins, win the Presidency of Princeton Model Congress. Ben beat out two opponents with a superb bhsmc teamwork of creative campaigning and a poised, persuasive speech to 1400 delegates at opening ceremonies. Because of his victory, Ben chaired the prestigious, high powered Presidential Cabinet all weekend earning a gavel for his effective efforts and performance. Joining Ben with gavel awards for their outstanding performance in committees were seniors Matt Casey, Chen Ding, Austin Fiora, Hanna Kiskaddon, Kyle Montag (as supreme court justice, another bhsmc first!), and junior Dan Rimm. Honorable mentions were won by seniors Blair Worthington, Kyle Geltman, Aaron Berg and juniors AJ Bishop and Brendan Reardon. Needless to say Petela was overjoyed with the success, noting it was perhaps the best performance ever by bhsmc at a conference, even overshadowing last years bhsmc’s PMC performance of 16 awards, though only 3 were gavels with a failed presidency run and 51 bhsmc-ers attending! wink laughing smile tongue

Congratulations again to ALL the BHS Model Congress members who performed with excellence, class and character at Yale and Princeton last month. The bar has been raised, a new standard has been set. smile

BHS MC will attend five more conferences this year -- Harvard at San Francisco in late January, Harvard in Boston during Feb vacation, Penn the week after Feb vacation, and Columbia MC and Princeton Moot Court in March/April, dates TBA. Student selections and conference itineraries have been posted on Petela's class door and handouts are awaiting their pick up and return with deposits to guarantee spots on the trips -- please return by Friday Dec 21 before vacation begins wassat

Finally, the annual fundraising concert with the Yale Whiffenpoofs will be held Not in the winter but instead for the first time in the spring on Sat. night May 3rd. Mark your calenders, save the date -- its a super night of song and entertainment for the entire family! Don't miss it laughing smile wink tongue wassat angry sad crying
Posted on 2007 Dec 13 by James Petela
Congratulations Newly Promoted MC Presidents smile Yale MC Finally Here
After a bhsmc record 16 productive meetings this fall, mainly in October, well attended and well behaved and engaged by on average 70 students per meeting, with the last meeting 85 students attending, I have made my decision to promote the following seniors to join Jack Prior and Ben Robbins as President: John Ahern, Matt Casey, Chen Ding, Mike Golod, Kyle Montag, and Blair Worthington. Their strong attendance and active, effective leadership at these meeting made my selection easy. I now look forward to their leadership at our conferences this year, keeping our delegation in order and winning many awards! Congratulations again. smile

There were also a number of other officer promotions that I hope to have posted soon on this website in the member-officer link -- my web-man has been MIA but fingers crossed he returns soon! sad

Yale MC has finally arrived. 62 BHS MC students leave BHS 4:30 Thursday 8th to head first to Bar for bonding with great pizza, Atticus chocolate chip cookies & maybe some Cold Stone ice cream. Then to Opening Ceremonies at the Omni Hotel beginning at 7pm followed by first committee sessions from 9--11:30, returning to BHS around midnight. Full dayzes continue Friday (10 bhsmc soph and frosh "shadows" join group) and Saturday last action packed day with amazing final dinner at Hot Tomatos and the ever so popular delegate dance Sat night. The closing, award ceremonies are on Sunday at noon. Thankfully we have Monday off for Veterans Day to recover and recharge for... laughing

Princeton MC next week, taking 45 BHS MCers, mostly seniors and some juniors, to Washington DC, leaving BHS at 2:15pm Wed. and returning Sunday night. Hope to have itinerary posted soon if my web-man wassat

Finally, San Fran HMCongress a go, January 23--27, approved by BOEd couple weeks ago -- you may have seen me on cable access making my appeal, if not you missed a stunning performance! We have 10 BHS MCers going and we can take 2 more, preferably ladies to even out the rooms. If you are interested see Mr Petela ASAP. Cost about $800. smile

As always, yours truly, Petela smile wink tongue sad crying
Posted on 2007 Nov 08 by James Petela
smile Last Meeting Mon. 5th, 7:15--9:00 smile YaleMC Thurs 8th, PMC Wed 14th smile
Meetings almost over, 13 down 1 to go. Great turnout last week again about 70 students each night in 3 rooms practicing parliamentary procedure, presenting bills, making pro/con speeches. We the presidents, vps & I were impressed by many of your demeanors & seriousness, speeches and points. I have, however, not been impressed sad with many of you, especially Prezs/VPs, coming empty handed, w/out 20 copies of your bill to present. You have had more than enough time to print out/bring. Add to that many of you still have not emailed me your Fact Sheet and Opening Speech -- not good at all for you impressing me for officer promotions, which will occur this week and next. smile

Last Meeting this Monday night 7:15--9:00 smile Note Extended Time -- No school next day Tues 6th, Election Day. I hope to have some Yale Debate Team members coming on Monday to give presentation and advice on speaking and arguing as well as feedback in your sessions. Try to make if you can. smile

Permission/info packet for Yale MC coming Monday, PMC coming Wed. Many documents from packet should be soon on this website under YMC & PMC link, check soon. smile

Y/PMC bills can still be revised & emailed to me jpetela@branford.k12.ct.us attached word document of your bill titled YourLastNamePMC07bill-revz, Ex. McCabePMC07bill-revzd hint smile

Try to get feedback from our bhsmc presidents & vpresidents -- officers get feedback from each other to make your bill most effective. Please take seriously-- we have many potential award winners, and a crappy, factless, unprepared, unresearched bill doesn't help your cause come award time at conference or officer-ship at my decision time. Try to write bill on just one page, adjust margins/font accordingly. smile

Write A Fact Sheet page of significant information or POWER FACTS relevant to your bill and your presentation; this proves to be very valuable to your cause, again at conference and for officership. Sadly, sad for many of you, I have still not received this. This is something you should be working on along with your opening speech¡K Go to our website, link to Princeton MC, link to Delegates, use resources there for research and more. Email me soon attachment titled ex. SolevoPMC07Facts, hint hint smile

Work on your Opening Speech -- should be mix of outline and sentences or statements you want to read, so that you won't forget. Ideally Your Speech should have 4 Parts: 1- Problem your bill is addressing; 2- Power Facts that highlite the problem/issue; 3- Personalize problem/issue with a personal, family, friend experience or example or story; 4- Present Solution how your bill hopes to solve or lessen the problem. At the conference you are given up to 4 minutes for opening -- again, it helps to have an outline and parts written out. Practice on own, work on eye contact & projection, especially for key parts of your speech. And email me copy, again not receive many, sadly, sad as always attach doc, ex AupiPMC07Opening... hint hint

Bring 20 copies of your bill to next meeting(s) for practice. Hopefully you will have an opportunity to present. If need be, we will break into more rooms with smaller size groups so more of you can present. And please do not come and cry that your printer is broken at home or that couldn't do at school today -- I will cry sad and SCREAM laughing that you had 4 weeks. Give me a break!!!! Enough Excuses, Be Gone!!!!!

Go to Princeton Web Site, Delegate Link, for best resources. Watch CSPAN Congress in session, lots of bills being debated. The real deal.

Congrats to Ben Robbins & Kyle Montag smile for being accepted to PMC Special Programs. Montag will be a Supreme Court delegate and Ben will be one of 3 Presidential Candidates. Any input you can give to his campaign would be very welcomed. He can only spend $50, but we can be very creative in helping him win the election, which would be very nice for him and for BHS MC. His speech will be the most significant factor but his campaigning beforehand could make the difference too, so lets all put our heads and imaginations and wit together to get him elected. We were 0-2 last year w/ Gabriel at YMC and Waclawiak at PMC, but lessons were learned from their not winning.

Start workin on your game face angry for conference & committees, there will be enuf time for fun smile during free time...

Yours truly, smile Petela smile sad laughing angry
Posted on 2007 Nov 02 by James Petela

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