Kadena High School Harvard Model Congress Asia Students sweep competition

Kadena High School Harvard Model Congress Asia Students sweep competition

by Gary Starrine
Kadena High School

The Kadena Harvard Model Congress Asia team traveled to Hong Kong on January 3rd for the 14th session of HMCA. Harvard Model Congress Asia is a government simulation conference where 53 schools, 538 students, from around Asia meet to practice over a period of three days America’s Democratic three branch system of government, and the governing bodies of the United Nations.

Students are assigned roles and meet in various committees and in full sessions to debate issues and create and pass bills into law to address these issues. The Supreme Court hears and litigates three cases which have been addressed by the actual Supreme Court in the recent past.

The 10 students from Kadena High School did an excellent job representing their school, DoDEA, and their country. All were positive additions to their committees or organizations. HMCA awards two Gavels for each large committee of about 30 to 50 students and Gavels to the best team on the Supreme Court.

Gavels are awarded to the delegate who, in the opinion of the Harvard students who are leading each committee, contributes the most to the committee through their communication skills and their displayed leadership skills. Three KDHS students earned this highest recognition award from their respective committees and two students earned the best team award for the Supreme Court.

All of the students expressed that they found the experience to be very educational and an invaluable experience in person-to-person diplomacy with students from many different countries, cultures, and governmental systems. Awards were earned by 70% of the KDHS students, who attended, with 50% earning the top award. This exceeds the number of top awards received by any other of the 52 schools present at the conference.

Photo Caption:

Isaac Hostetler-World Trade Organization, Pakistan-Gavel Yhanj Starrine-Supreme Court -Gavel Naomi Head –National Security Council Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff -Gavel Ariana Vasquez, Tiaron Starrine -House Science Space and Technology Committee Mr. Starrine – Coach/Sponsor Maica Hernandez-Senate Foreign Relations Committee -Gavel Carson Vath-Supreme Court -Gavel Kiela Monk-Senate Foreign Relations Committee -Honorable Mention Ethan Garcia-United Nations Security Council, Venezuela Thomas Hughes-National Security Council Director of National Intelligence -Honorable Mention

As HMCA still needs to raise over $1500 to pay expenses incurred by this trip beyond what has been raised so far, we will sponsor an American Game Show Spinoff event at Kadena High School on the evening of Saturday February 17th, 2018. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance. These may be purchased from any HMCA member or in Mr. Starrine’s room, #128 at Kadena High School beginning Monday January 22, 2018.

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