Last week, the CCTEC Model Congress team participated in a two-day student led government simulation at Rider University. They honed their real-world public speaking and critical thinking skills while working with other NJ students to debate legislation that they wrote and researched throughout the school year.

Sophomore Nickolas Casalinuovo was voted “Outstanding Delegate” for his committee work.

Two CCTEC bills were debated in the Overall Senate session. A citizenship bill, sponsored by sophomores Tiara Morales and Yaeline Rodriguez, and an anti-tobacco bill, authored by Casalinuovo.  Both bills were passed into law.   

In addition, five student bills were voted to advance through the various committees.

Student participants were: Nicholas Blauth, Nyleah Brown, Nickolas Casalinuovo, Anne Marie Dominique, Juliana Espinoza, Brandon Hernandez, Teresa Klugewicz, Elizabeth Lascarez, Isaiah Lugo, Millie Martinez-Sosa, Tiara Morales,  Haleigh Purich, Melissa Rodgers and Yaeline Rodriguez.

The CCTEC Model Congress program is advised by Mr. Shawn Riggins and Mrs. Erin Tietjen.