SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 76th annual Model Congress Program at American International College has helped impact the lives of the hundreds of Western Massachusetts high school students who participate. They simulate the work of the United States Congress and take action on such timely issues such as gun control and terrorism.
Students told 22News the positive effects participating in Model Congress has had on them. “Model Congress has absolutely changed my life,” Agawam High School senior Robert Johnson said. “This is my fourth year in a row. I look forward to it every year. It’s always the highlight of the school year.”
Maggie McCarthy of Sabis International Charter H.S. described what she likes about it: “hearing the different types of opinions I wouldn’t have thought of myself. And the different perspectives debating bills that I wouldn’t have thought of myself.”
The AIC Model Congress which began in 1940, is America’s longest running event of its kind.