SPRINGFIELD- Based on their achievements while participating in the Princeton Model Congress in Washington D.C. in November, students from SABIS International School in Springfield were honored Wednesday at a special luncheon.
The local students were among 700 from 36 school around the nation deemed qualified to attend and participate in the annual forum and exercise in how the federal government works.
SABIS Springfield students won eight awards in the competition, achieving a third-place victory in the overall competition. It is notable that the first place finisher was The Dalton School, where annual tuition is $48,450. Second place went to New York City's Trinity School where the annual tuition is $52,795.
In addition to the school's overall achievements, SABIS senior Jada Ficarra ran successfully for president of the Princeton Model Congress. Ficarra has worked hard for four years to make this dream a reality, according to organizers.
The SABIS students crafted and created model legislation on issues ranging from bullying, senior citizen care and grants to addressing racial bias concerns. Dean Berry, Springfield SABIS Department Chair of History, has advised and worked with the students and was also present at the luncheon and ceremony at the school.