Area high school students take on congressional challenges

By WEEK Producer

September 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some of the Illinois' future leaders are taking action on today's Congressional issues.

Students from six area high schools gathered at Bradley University Wednesday for the 2012 Congressional Insight Challenge.

The fast-paced computer simulation introduces students to Congress as newly elected members.

The challenge is designed to encourage students to discuss and decide on real life issues that Congress is currently facing.

"These are real congressional numbers and percentages, really demographics that are true to a congressional district," said Nathan Willet, Dunlap High School Junior.

"They have to make these choices in the simulation today in very limited amounts of time," explained Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute of Principled Leadership at Bradley. "Which is very realistic to a member of Congress."

At the end of the simulation, students are put up for re-election based on their decisions.

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