Conventional thinking, with room for debate

A delegate from The Volunteer State quickly researches a point brought forth by another delegate.

A Williamsport Area High School student, representing Missouri, argues an amendment that would expand states’ rights, allowing them to enter agreements with other nations.

State representatives cast their votes during a plenary session, during which each amendment that was approved by committees was considered by the full group.

A WAHS student shares his state’s point of view during the plenary session in Penn’s Inn.

Students from nine northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania school districts convened on campus Friday for the second Penn College Mock Constitutional Convention. Students played the roles of delegates from each of the 50 states considering amendments to the U.S. Constitution. After delegates spent their morning in committees hashing out proposed amendments, they went into caucus meetings and finally a plenary session, during which amendments were debated before the entire group for vote. School districts attending were Berwick Area, East Lycoming, Hazleton Area, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport Area, Susquenita and Williamsport Area.

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