State Senator Todd Kaminsky and his assistant, Mimi Goldman, helped to judge the Ann Neill Memorial Model Congress Tournament last Wednesday at HAFTR. More than 50 student from five schools — HAFTR, DRS, Ezra Academy, Yeshivah of Flatbush, and SAR — competed.
Students wrote bills prior to the tournament and then debated topics including statehood for Puerto Rico; a ban on high-capacity magazines; requiring driver’s tests for people 65 and over 65; full sanctions on Venezuela; cannabis legalization; upgrading U.S. Nuclear Systems; and campaign finance reform.
The tournament winners included:
1st Place: Elliott Ottensosser (HAFTR)
2nd Place: Jacob Barry (DRS), Eli Aghajani (Ezra), Benjy Gottesman (HAFTR)
3rd Place: Miriam Kopyto (HAFTR)
Finalists: Zack Goldberg (DRS), Yonatan Shiller (DRS), Michael Oved (Flatbush), Robert Adler (Flatbush), Eytan Libkind (HAFTR), Ben Klestzick (SAR)