North Lamar High School students earned the top three spots at the Region 8 UIL Student Congress competition in Pittsburg on November 12. Advancing to the state competition in January from North Lamar are Kay Edwards (1st place), Steele Musgrove (2nd place and Top Presiding Officer) and Jordan Walters (3rd place). Following close behind is Jake Chollet who placed fifth.
Congress is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session.
North Lamar’s sponsor is Kristi Hodgkiss.