MAY 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Model Congress Allows AHA Juniors to Be Legislators for a Day

Demarest, NJ: Academy of the Holy Angels juniors Camila Correa of Demarest and Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood seized the opportunity when AHA Social Studies Department Chair Gail Fair told them about the 2019 Model Congress held at Ridgewood High School this month. The students met Representative Josh Gottheimer and learned how bills proceed through congressional committees.

“Camila and I had a great time at Model Congress today,” Gazzini said shortly after the event ended. “We were in different committees, so we didn't have a chance to work together, but mine went really well! After the committees met separately, we had a joint session to discuss the proposed transportation bills. Rep. Gottheimer spoke about the bills and his political experiences after we voted.

“I enjoyed meeting Rep. Gottheimer and getting to debate current congressional bills.”

Correa added, “This was a great opportunity for us! Although we were in separate committees, we both covered equally important and relevant bills. My state was for the bills; however, both sides provided very convincing arguments. Within my committee, we were able to reach an agreement and amended our bill in order to address some of the concerns from the opposing states.

Participating in the process and later on hearing about Rep. Gottheimer’s experience truly allowed us to have a better understanding of how the passing of a bill functions. I would say that, overall, this event was fun and a great way to learn more about how Congress works.”

After hearing her students’ reactions to this year’s Model Congress, Ms. Fair told them, “The more you understand the policies that make up our political system, the more responsible voters you’ll be. Maybe I’ll be voting for you someday.”

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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