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AIC Announces 75th Annual Model Congress Scholarship Recipients

SPRINGFIELD — The 75th annual Model Congress convened at American International College last month. Founded in 1940, AIC’s Model Congress is the longest-running continuous congress of its type in the nation, and one of AIC’s oldest campus traditions.

AIC’s Model Congress annually brings high schools from throughout the Northeast to campus to write, debate, and pass legislation in a simulated congress. The program is completely student-run, with the support of college faculty and staff.

The top delegate for the 2015 Model Congress, Kathryn Mauke from SABIS International Charter School, was honored with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to AIC. The second-place delegate, Casandra Land from Agawam High School, received a half-tuition scholarship. Sienna Nielsen from Belchertown High School and Darian Barlow, also from SABIS International Charter School, placed third and fourth, respectively, receiving quarter-tuition scholarships. Honorable mentions went to Michael Savoie from SABIS, Matt Walsh from Mohawk Trail Regional High School, and Elizabeth Depalo and Robert Johnston from Agawam High School.

Additional awards presented to the schools included the Outstanding Delegation Award to SABIS International Charter School, the Best Bill Award to Belchertown High School, and the Team Spirit Award to Chatham High School. Thirteen high schools participated this year, including Agawam, Belchertown, Cathedral, Chatham, East Longmeadow, Mohawk Trail Regional, SABIS, Southwick-Tolland Regional, Pioneer Valley Regional, and Wilbraham-Monson Academy.

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