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February 17, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College Model Senate to train future leaders

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will host its 30th annual Model Senate Feb. 24-26 on the BSC campus. The event is a “political science laboratory” that provides high school students with a unique and fun learning experience in government.

Nearly 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors from Alabama high schools will transform themselves into politicians during the three-day workshop.

Emulating the men and women who make up the U.S. Senate, students will participate in party caucuses, committee work, and general Senate sessions. They also will research and write legislation, which will be introduced and then reviewed by appropriate committees before being taken up on the floor for full Senate action.

Model Senate combines the excitement of debating current political issues with the academic skills of BSC faculty and students. BSC senior Kenny Murray from Jasper, who along with BSC junior Mary Ivey from Homewood, are coordinators of Model Senate this year. The event will be staffed by about 25 current Birmingham-Southern students.

Awards to be presented at the conclusion of the Model Senate include Most Influential Senator, Best Orator, Outstanding Leadership, Best Original Piece of Legislation, Best All Around Senator, and the Gail Morris Leadership Award.

Two renewable $6,000 scholarships and two renewable $2,500 scholarships to attend Birmingham-Southern will also be awarded. Those competing for scholarships will submit essays and legislation on specified topics during Model Senate to be judged by a panel of BSC faculty members.

Students selected to participate in Model Senate have at least a B average and have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

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