Each year, Penn Model Congress staff honor well-performing delegates with conference awards, acknowledging superior debaters in committees, full sessions, and special programs. Committee chairs look for delegates who are well-versed in parliamentary procedure, who are willing to speak on issues that may be outside their comfort zone, and who provide clear, precise, and well-constructed arguments. Delegates must display a consistent willingness to participate fully in the debate process. In addition, a positive interaction with other delegates says much about the caliber and character of the delegate. Coming to committee session prepared with research and facts on the issues to substantiate arguments is the mark of an outstanding delegate. Finally, a thoughtful and well-written bill speaks volumes about the knowledge and preparedness of the delegate.
In each committee, chairs select three delegates to receive the following awards:
- Best Delegate in Committee (one delegate)
- Honorable Mention in Committee (two delegates)
Some chairs may choose to poll committee members, asking each delegate to name who they feel should earn awards. Conducting this type of poll is entirely at the discretion of the committee chairs, and the results will be used only as one factor of many in determining who wins an award.
In each full session, the chairs select six delegates to receive the following awards:
- Best Delegate in Full Session (one delegate)
- Outstanding Delegate in Full Session (two delegates)
- Honorable Mention in Full Session (three delegates)
The increased number of awards in full sessions allows PENNMC staff to reward more delegates who deserve recognition for their debate prowess.
In each special program, delegates will be eligible to win awards. In the National Security Council, chairs select three students for the following awards:
- Best Delegate in National Security Council (one delegate)
- Honorable Mention in National Security Council (two delegates)
In the Executive Branch, chairs select three students for the following awards:
- Best Delegate in Executive Branch (one delegate)
- Honorable Mention in Executive Branch (two delegates)
In the Supreme Court, chairs select four teams of students for the following awards:
- Best Team in Courtroom A (two delegates)
- Best Team in Courtroom B (two delegates)
- Best Team in Courtroom C (two delegates)
- Best Team in Courtroom D (two delegates)
Throughout the conference, various actions and accomplishments will earn points for your school. At the end of the conference, the large and small delegation with the highest points-per-delegate ratio will be declared Best Large and Small Delegations of Penn Model Congress. We are excited to offer a trophy to the winning large and small delegations. The following criteria contribute towards your school’s point total:
- Individual delegate awards won in committees, full sessions, and special programs.
- Legislative accomplishments (bills passing in committee, being selected for full session docket, passing in full session, and becoming law).
- Participation in special programs (National Security Council, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch).