Rep. Garrett Holds Model Congress in Ridgewood for NJ High Schoolers
Rep. Garrett (back row, center) hosts a Model Congress for 48 students
from 24 Fifth District high schools at Ridgewood High School.
Rep. Garrett honors three students for being the best speakers at the event: (from left to right)
James Lowell from Bergen Catholic, Caleb Herbst from River Dell Regional High School,
and Allison Powers from Newton High School
RIDGEWOOD, NJ – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) held a Model Congress for 48 students from 24 Fifth District high schools at Ridgewood High School on Saturday, May 31st. Each of the participating schools sent two student representatives and debated two real pieces of legislation that are currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Congratulations to all of the participating students for your hard work preparing for today’s event and for the value each of you added to the Model Congress debates,” said Garrett to the Model Congress participants after the event. “Today, you demonstrated the power of free speech. Your voice was heard and your opinion was considered by your peers. I hope you enjoyed your experience here, and I hope you will continue to pursue your interest in public policy and public service.”
The students learned the legislative process first-hand as they debated, amended and voted on legislation in committee, then debated and voted on bills before the entire student-filled House of Representatives. Additionally, three students were honored during the closing ceremonies for being the best public speakers at the Model Congress: James Lowell from Bergen Catholic, Caleb Herbst from River Dell Regional High School, and Allison Powers from Newton High School.