By: Hadassah Fertig, MSH ‘18
On Tuesday, March 6, five Midreshet Shalhevet delegates; seniors Hadassah Fertig and Nechama Schneider, juniors Shifra Chait, Chaya Roffe, and Tamar Waronker, along with faculty advisor Mr. Ira Schildkraut, participated in the annual Yeshiva League Model Congress Competition at The Young Israel of Woodmere. Upon arrival, the girls were delighted to see the room filled with close to 200 other yeshiva students anxiously awaiting the start of the competition. The Model Congress competition gives students a chance to engage in a role-playing simulation of the United States Congress. Everyone was split between 18 different committees, and got ready to present the bills each one had prepared in advance. In these committees, students became senators and one by one, presented their bills, and were asked questions on it. Other students took turns making speeches for and against each bill. After all thoughts and opinions were brought to the table, the senators voted on whether or not to pass each bill. By the end of the day, three of the five proposed Midreshet Shalhevet bills had passed and I was named best overall delegate in my committee, and was awarded a gavel. As the girls entered the school building after a long day of back and forth debate and impromptu speeches, they were greeted with smiles and excitement from both faculty and students.