Students prepared for weeks, researching bills to present and then armed with facts, our high school seniors presented those bills during the school’s 27th annual Congress in Action. Their classmates then had the opportunity to argue for or against each bill before voting. 

The bills and the arguments were persuasive and passionate during the simulation of the nation’s Congressional system, which served as a hands-on lesson in how the United States government works. 

Students chose current topics to present including gun control and the elimination of physical education for students on athletic teams. Each student presented a bill, while the opposition presented a case against passing such a bill. 

The Participation In Government social studies classes participated with the support of their teachers and social studies department leader David Ethé. In addition to learning about the inner workings of the United States government, participants also honed their research and public speaking skills. 

“There is a tremendous amount of work required to prepare for this event,” Ethé said. “Students must be knowledgeable about current events, use advanced research skills and practice their oral presentation skills in order for their presentations to be convincing.” He added that these skills will be beneficial to students in many areas of their lives, including in college and careers. 

A five-person student led Rules Committee kept order during the proceedings and collected and tallied the votes.