Deep-Thinking Delegates Take Law Into Their Own Hands

Tomorrow’s leaders convened at Penn College on Wednesday, acting as delegates from across the country considering amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 133 high school students from nine districts (Bellefonte Area, Berwick Area, East Lycoming, Hazleton Area, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport Area, Susquenita and Williamsport Area) remained in their assigned characters throughout the mock constitutional convention – informally known as “ConCon” – in the Bush Campus Center, representing their respective states in discussing the ever-weighty issues of governing and preserving this American republic. Among those welcoming the group was Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions, who applauded the young men and women for “thinking about things bigger than yourselves, boldly and bravely effecting positive change” in society.

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday, and Deb. B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations

Hughesville High School classmates have some pre-convention fun with a photo frame.

Hughesville High School classmates have some pre-convention fun with a photo frame.

Murphy warms up the "ConCon" crowd, likening their experience to the daily hands-on learning in all of Penn College's academic majors.

Murphy warms up the “ConCon” crowd, likening their experience to the daily hands-on learning in all of Penn College’s academic majors.

Fronted by table tents identifying their adopted states of origin, delegates prepare to tackle a packet of resolutions.

Fronted by table tents identifying their adopted states of origin, delegates prepare to tackle a packet of resolutions.

Members of the Loyalsock Township contingent confidently gather in front of the college's "step and repeat" prior to opening ceremonies.

Members of the Loyalsock Township contingent confidently gather in front of the college’s “step and repeat” prior to opening ceremonies.

A sign outside a classroom outlines the serious committee work being done within.

A sign outside a classroom outlines the serious committee work being done within.

Delegates cast their respective votes on a flag-desecration amendment, defending with equal fervor the right of free speech vs. the defense of a national symbol.

Delegates cast their respective votes on a flag-desecration amendment, defending with equal fervor the right of free speech vs. the defense of a national symbol.

Students identified by the day's mentors as "superior delegates" fill the front of Penn's Inn when presented with their certificates after the plenary session.

Students identified by the day’s mentors as “superior delegates” fill the front of Penn’s Inn when presented with their certificates after the plenary session.

The overall Best Delegate award was presented to Bellefonte's Brian Feldman ...

The overall Best Delegate award was presented to Bellefonte’s Brian Feldman …

... who was also honored with colleagues, entrusted to represent "Texas A," as the day's Most Accurate.

… who was also honored with colleagues, entrusted to represent “Texas A,” as the day’s Most Accurate.

The convention's Best Parliamentarian honors went to Williamsport's Michael LeBlanc.

The convention’s Best Parliamentarian honors went to Williamsport’s Michael LeBlanc.

Selected by judges as the Best Delegation was this trio from Hughesville, designated "Texas B" for the proceedings.

Selected by judges as the Best Delegation was this trio from Hughesville, designated “Texas B” for the proceedings.

A team from South Williamsport took home the award for Best Drafted Resolution.

A team from South Williamsport took home the award for Best Drafted Resolution.

 

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