November 19, 2013
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Texas High School Student Congress Takes District Title
Texarkana, TX – During the November 13, 2013 District Student Congress Meet held in Paris, TX, the Texas High School Student Congress Team swept the 4A division and will now advance to the State Student Congress Meet in Austin, TX on January 7-8, 2013. '
Student placement was as follows:
Josh Robinson – 1st Place; JB Wells – 2nd Place; Sidney McGough – 3rd Place; Robin Cooper – 4th Place; Ricky Cooks – 5th Place.
The District Student Congress program is an individual contest, in a large group setting, that models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress.
Within the mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches.
At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal disclosure on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session.
Judges evaluate contestants for their research and analysis of issues, argumentation, skill in asking and answering questions, use of parliamentary procedure and clarity and fluency of speaking.
Left to Right: Ricky Cooks, Josh Robinson, JB Wells, Robin Cooper, Sidney McGough