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Vidalia Heritage Academy Students Are Harvard Bound

by Headmaster Jeff McCormick

October 18-- When Vidalia Heritage Academy began its high school program last year we set our goals high and have now achieved what some thought impossible. In just its second year of existence, the high school at Vidalia Heritage Academy has had five of its students selected to participate in the Harvard Model Congress.

Those selected are 10th grader Jaeda Bragg and 9th graders Kaylee Randolph, Makayla Martin, Harley Statum and Logan McQueen.

Harvard Model Congress in Boston takes place February 20-24, 2013 and is our nation's premier government simulation experience for high school students.  This conference has grown to become the largest high school US government simulation in the world, bringing together more than 1,600 of the brightest high school students from all over the country. Entirely run by Harvard University students, the conference simulates the workings of the United States Congress.  By providing an opportunity to see how policy is created, bills are passed, and how Congress functions, the Harvard Model Congress allows high school students to serve as Representatives, Senators, White House Staffers, Cabinet Members, Congressional Media, and Lobbyists.

“We are incredibly proud of our Model Congress students and at the same time humbled and privileged that in just two short years we have been chosen to be a part of something so prestigious”, says Jeff McCormick, VHA Headmaster.  “Plus, with our initial trip we are guaranteed selection each subsequent year so we could have some of our high school students attend the Harvard Model Congress four years in a row. That looks incredible on any college application.”

Vidalia Heritage Academy’s classical education approach equips their students to think, to organize their thoughts into viable presentations, and then defend their positions. According to McCormick, “There is no better way to do that than to have them involved in Model Congress. I can think of no better way to positively influence our communities, our state, and our nation with a biblical worldview than to have them involved with the political process at an early age.” VHA has confidence in all of their students and will send this group of five prepared to learn and prepared to share as they know this is not just an educational field trip but a mission trip.

The estimated cost of attendance is $1000 per student but the school’s delegation is trying to reduce the cost by actively fundraising. If you are interested in making a donation to the VHA Model Congress team or for more information about the trip, contact Jeff McCormick at 912-537-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..