November 17, 2014

Todd Marshall
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Two Members of Texas High School Student Congress Headed to State Meet

Texarkana, TX – Two members of the Texas High School Student Congress will advance to the State Meet in Austin, TX in January following their recent success at the regional meet held in Paris, TX on November 12.

Sidney McGough, who earned 1st Place, and Jillian Cheney, who took 2nd Place, advance to the state level. Caleb Snow will serve as Alternate to the State Meet with his 4th Place result. Natalie Portwood and Robin Cooper, came in 5th and 6th Place, respectively.

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.

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Left to Right: Sidney McGough, Jillian Cheney, Caleb Snow, Natalie Portwood and Robin Cooper.

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