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Photo Caption: DoDEA Pacific high school students earned numerous accolades during the 2014 Harvard Model Congress Asia Far East event held in Hong Kong. 

February 12, 2014
Lawrence Torres III: Public Affairs Specialist

HONG KONG — February 12, 2014 — 56 DoDEA Pacific students from 11 high schools joined more than 570 of their peers from 17 foreign countries for the Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference held in Hong Kong Jan. 9-12.

HMC Asia is a rigorous government simulation event for international students organized by Harvard students. DoDEA Pacific students attend HMC Asia as Far East delegates representing their schools’ Model United nations programs. During HMC Asia, students assume roles of real-life congressional legislators, U.S. government leaders and members of major international organizations such as the European Union, World Health Organization, World Bank, etc. They are challenged to expand their own perspectives by exploring the deeper complexities of the issues at hand. The students are actively engaged throughout the conference in scenarios based on contemporary international disputes and must work together to forge solutions through diplomatic, judicial, legislative and journalistic exercises

Topics covered a wide range of issues including bird flu, education in Africa, terrorism, world banking, and recent developments in the Arab world.

Facilitators from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government supported student-led domestic committees such as the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Supreme Court, Presidential Cabinet, National Security Council, etc. International committees included the G-15, World Trade Organizations, African Union, World Health Organization, Arab League, among others. Students also assumed roles as professional journalists seeking to convey the important work of the committees, explore accountability and transparency issues, and report on outcomes.