Each September, Upper School students have an opportunity to be selected to become part of the Saint Stephen’s delegation attending one of three government simulations sponsored by some of America’s most prestigious universities. At the conferences, students polish their public speaking skills, role play and network with peers from around the country, as well as compete for recognition as an outstanding delegate. Saint Stephen’s is the only area school offering this opportunity for its students, and our delegations have consistently established themselves as valuable contributors at each simulation.
HMC, the largest model congress in the U.S., provides students with a hands-on approach to the political process. As legislators, journalists and advisors, delegates put their nation’s democratic institution to the test. Students are challenged to improve their public speaking skills and other invaluable skills, including negotiation, creative problem-solving and leadership. More than 1,500 students from around the country simulate all three branches of the federal government.
CMUNCE has established a tradition of excellence in organized debate on leading global issues. Columbia Model U.N. is run as a crisis conference offering challenging, innovative and original committees. Delegates have the opportunity to tour the United Nations, attend briefings by world-renowned Columbia professors and debate with fellow delegates over international crisis.
Princeton Model Congress is the oldest model congress in America. The conference draws approximately 1,200 students from across the U.S. and takes place just down the street from Capitol Hill – literally a five-minute walk away – so that the participants experience an added dimension of realism. Delegates research and write their own bills on topics pertinent to their committee and based on their individual interests.