Wilton High School’s Model Congress triumphed at Yale University’s 2017 Model Congress on Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, with seven of Wilton’s 28 participants taking home awards for their work.

Model Congress provides civic-minded high school students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of the American legislative process.

This year’s Yale conference hosted 36 of the top public and private high schools in the Northeast, amounting to about 700 students, who legislated more than 400 bills.

Wilton Model Congress students prepared for the Yale conference since the start of the school year, attending weekly meetings where student-written legislation is debated, polished and amended. They applied their skills and knowledge from their academic classes at Wilton High School.

During the conference, Wilton students’ legislation included topics ranging from stop and frisk laws to international surveillance.

One student, senior Jonah Hirsch, also served as a cabinet member for the mock President of the United States.


Seven Wilton Model Congress students were awarded for their outstanding legislative and debate skills at the conference.

Christian Anastos and Michael Wallace received Best Delegate Awards for being the most outstanding delegates in their committees. Christian served on the Senate Intelligence Committee and Michael on the House Foreign Intelligence Affairs Committee.

Three Wilton students were recognized with Honorable Mention Awards for being distinguished leaders in their committees:

  • Cameron Berg, Senate Full Session.
  • Purab Angreji, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • Elizabeth Yoon, Senate Environment and Public Works.

Ben Kesselman and Isadore Palacpac received Best Legislation Awards for composing the most comprehensive pieces of legislation in their committees — Ben with House Financial Services and Isadore with House Energy and Commerce.