DATE: February 28, 2013
CONTACT: Paul Dolenc, Teacher, Western Albemarle High School
Western Albemarle High School Seniors Participate in Annual Model Congress
on March 7, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Western Albemarle High School Auditorium, Library, and various classrooms
5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet
Western Albemarle seniors who are enrolled in a U.S./Virginia Government class will experience first-hand the daily work of our Congressional legislators. The event is closed to the general public.
This day-long event is the culminating activity of a two-week long Model Congress. Prior to this day, students have written their own legislation and met in sub-committees to mark up legislation. The day will begin with full committee deliberation in each chamber—the Senate and House of Representatives—followed by floor debate. In the afternoon, any legislation that has passed out of each house will then cross over to the other chamber, and the process will repeat.
This activity demonstrates how our government deliberates and passes laws and prepares our students to be part of the political process. It provides students the opportunity to study in-depth a particular political issue and draft a law; gain an awareness of how our local, state and federal elected officials pass legislation; and better understand how our democratic process works and the challenges elected officials face when trying to pass laws.