Yale Model Congress Presidential Cabinet Application — 2018

I'm Kendall Oliver, a current sophomore at Yale, and I'm excited to serve as your Presidential Cabinet Director for the 2018 Yale Model Congress conference! I'm originally from Orlando, Florida, and while I never did Model Congress in high school, I very much enjoyed being a Committee Chair at last year's Conference.

As you probably know, the YMC Presidential Cabinet is a chance for 21 skilled debaters to hone their craft in the context of an immersive (and fun!) simulation of a real-life presidential cabinet. I'll probably have difficult decisions to make when selecting Cabinet members; ideal candidates will be seniors, juniors, and exceptional sophomores who have attended multiple Model Congress sessions, at Yale or elsewhere. However, all interested students are welcome to apply!

If you're interested in serving on the President Cabinet at this year's YMC Conference, please fill out this form no later than October 25, 2018. If you have any particular questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at <specialprograms@yalemodelcongress.org>.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in November!


(Part 1) Student Information
Your name *
Your answer
Your grade level *
Your answer
Your e-mail address *
Something you'll check frequently ahead of the Conference!
Your answer
Previous Model Congress experience *
Awards, committees, and bill titles, if you remember them. If YMC 2018 is your first Model Congress, just write "N/A"!
Your answer
Dietary Restrictions? (Not a deciding factor)
Your answer
Anything else you'd like me to know?
School and extracurricular activities, interests, etc.
Your answer
(Part 2) School Information
Your school's name *
Your answer
Your primary advisor's name *
Your answer
Your advisor's phone number *
Please include the area code!
Your answer
Your advisor's e-mail address *
Your answer
(Part 3) Positions
In the first question below, please indicate whether you are interested in the President position. In the next question, regardless of whether or not you would like to serve as President, indicate the three positions in the Cabinet that you are most interested in, ranked in order of preference. Your first choice should correspond to your most preferred Cabinet position, and you must select different cabinet positions for each rank.

We'll make our best effort to ensure that if you're selected for the Presidential Cabinet, you'll receive one of your top choices. However, we cannot guarantee this. If you're selected for the Presidential Cabinet, you'll be asked to write a 3-5 page policy memo concerning your Cabinet department prior to the Conference. I'll send out more information once positions have been assigned!

If you have any further questions, please contact me at <specialprograms@yalemodelcongress.org>!

Are you interested in serving as the YMC 2017 President? *
If you mark "Yes," please see the "Presidential Candidacy Application" section at the end of this form.
First choice Cabinet or Cabinet-level position *
Second choice Cabinet or Cabinet-level position *
Third choice Cabinet or Cabinet-level position *
Why are you interested in your first choice position? *
In 200-300 words, please briefly describe why you picked your first choice position. Please include any previous experience or prior knowledge that makes your particularly qualified for the position!
Your answer
Why are you interested in your second and third choice positions? *
In a total of 100-200 words, please briefly describe why you picked your second and third choice positions. Please include any previous experience or prior knowledge that makes your particularly qualified for either position!
Your answer
(Additional) Presidential Candidacy Application
If you marked "Yes" to "Are you interested in serving as the YMC 2018 President?", there is an additional component to the application process: by or before 11:59 pm on October 25th 2018, please send an e-mail including the following to <specialprograms@yalemodelcongress.org>:

1. Your name, school, grade level, and phone number. I will primarily contact you at the e-mail address from which you send your Presidential Candidacy Application. If you would like me to contact you at an alternate e-mail address or prefer to be contacted by call, text, etc., please indicate this in your response.

2. (200-300 words total) What is your previous Model Congress experience (at Yale or elsewhere)? What is your favorite thing about Model Congress?

3. (300-500 words total) Why do you want to be the President of the 2018 Yale Model Congress? In your response, please include an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership capabilities.

4. (300-500 words total) What are your core political beliefs? What has shaped these beliefs?

I will review your applications and select three (3) candidates as Presidential Finalists. Finalists will be notified of additional requirements and obligations upon selection. They will then compete in the Presidential Election, to be held during the YMC 2018 Opening Ceremonies on Friday, November 30, 2018. In the Presidential Election, the Finalist who receives the most votes will become the President. The second-place finisher will become the Vice President, and the third-place finisher will become the Head of the Office of Budget and Management. This is a change from the years past and will require that each of the potential presidential candidates submit a proposal for the OBM position.

Thank you!

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