Speaker of House

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Catherine Qian

Catherine first participated in Walker Model Congress as a volunteer but has since served as Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Convention as part of last year's JCC. She is thrilled to serve as the Speaker of the House this year and looks forward to meeting all the delegates! In addition to Model Congress, Catherine is the captain of the Quizbowl team, the Secretary-General for GSMUN XXI, and President of TJHCHS and French NHS. She enjoys volunteering for Music Orchard as a violin mentor and on her local library's Teen Advisory Board. When not working on stuff for her extracurriculars or college applications, Catherine finds joy in Leonardo DiCaprio movies, Mexican food, Bertrand Russell's philosophy, and anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

House Leadership

Meet your Leaders


Som Mohapatra: House Minority

Som, a junior at Maggie Walker, is very excited to serve as the House Minority Leader for Walker Model Congress this year. He has been involved in Model Congress since freshman year, with Model Congress being one of the first clubs he joined at Maggie Walker. Since then, he has gathered lots of experience as a delegate, vice-chair, and chair. Som is also an active member of many other clubs at Maggie Walker, serving as the head of finance in the robotics team, Director of Technology of Maggie Walker's Model United Nations conference, and an actively participating member of the debate team. In his free time, Som enjoys playing basketball, volunteering, hanging out with friends, and learning pretty much whatever he can.

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Adam blankenship

Adam Blankenship is a senior at Maggie Walker and is very excited to serve as this year’s House Majority Leader. He joined Maggie Walker’s Model Congress Club as a sophomore and chaired last year’s Intelligence committee. Outside of Model Congress, he is a football coach, as well as a long-time employee at Chick-fil-a, where he always makes sure to add in 1 or 2 extra nuggets.


House Committee: Oversight & Government Reform


Email: wmc2018.oversightgov@gmail.com

Meet Your Chairs


Richard zhai

Richard Zhai, a sophomore at Maggie Walker, is thrilled to be chairing the House Oversight and Government Reform committee!! He has spent many years participating in Model Congress and Model UN and loves heated discussion. In addition to Walker Model Congress, Richard spends lots of time running, playing piano, and pursuing other clubs at school. He enjoys American politics and debates regularly. Feel free to come up to him and start a friendly discussion. Overall, Richard is extremely excited to be chairing for you and can’t wait for WMC 2018.


Madoc Kimball

Madoc Kimball, a member of the class of 2019, will be a junior in the fall of 2017. He has had no Walker Model Congress experience before but is excited to start this year and learn and grow through the process. He joined to get involved in MLWGS’s political community and learn more about the process that dictates laws in our country and become a more informed US citizen. He has extensive volunteer experience with organizations such as the SPCA, 4-H, and YMCA, and has a passion for discourse and debate, especially when it comes to matters of politics and policy. 


House Committee: International Relations


EMAIL: wmc2018.intrelations@gmail.com



Avery Bowers

As a middle schooler, Avery Bowers developed an interest in debate and current issues. Now, as a sophomore at Maggie Walker, he channels his passion for politics into Walker Model Congress. Avery has attended and won awards at past Model Congress conferences, and he was a vice chair for the DEA Committee at WMC last year. Additionally, Avery enjoys sports and movies and plays on the Maggie Walker varsity basketball and golf teams. He is extremely excited for WMC 2018 and can not wait for the conference to begin.


Bikal Sharma

Bikal Sharma, a sophomore at Maggie Walker, is absolutely thrilled to be co-chairing the House Committee on International Relations at WMC 2018! Since the seventh grade, Bikal has been heavily involved in both Model Congress and Model United Nations, participating in several conferences and winning multiple awards along the way. His love for debate extends across his extracurriculars, as he participates in both debate and MLWGS Young Democrats. He attended WMC 2015 and 2016 as a delegate and vice-chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee at WMC 2017. Among other things, Bikal enjoys pursuing his career in medicine, being on the MLWGS Quizbowl Team, and playing volleyball and soccer.


House Committee: Education and Workforce

committee information and Briefings

EMAIL: Wwmc2018.edupublicworks@gmail.com 

meet your chairs


Hannah Lee 

Hannah Lee, a senior at Maggie Walker, is happy to be co-chairing the House Committee in Education and the Workforce during WMC 2018. Hannah first participated in Model Congress as a vice-chair in WMC 2017. She would later serve as a co-chair in the following year. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, Hannah likes to listen to music, paint, watch movies, and occasionally read a novel or two.


Yumna Rahman

Yumna Rahman and is a junior at Maggie Walker and she’s chairing for the second time at Walker Model Congress. She has loved Model Congress since becoming more involved with the club last year and since then she has traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a delegate in UPenn’s Model Congress Conference and is look forward to attending more MoCo conferences in the future. Currently she is the treasurer of the MoCo school club and is very excited to chair in WMC 2018. Her other hobbies include Model UN, playing the violin, and dancing in the school’s bhangra team. In the future Yumna hopes to continue her study of the Arabic language and also learn American Sign Language.



House Committee: Science, Space, and Technology


EMAIL: wmc2018.scispacetech@gmail.com

meet your chairs


josh pei

Josh Pei excitingly awaits to chair the Science, Space, and Technology. When he is not chairing for Model Congress, he enjoys a myriad of mind expanding activities such as bird watching and light reading. Having fully mastered two languages, he hopes to pursue a medical degree, which he will employ when not actively bird watching. He looks forward to working with Alex Nikolov, whom he has known since early childhood, and has fantastic synergy with.


Alex Nikolov

Alex Nikolov is a junior at Maggie Walker who's looking forward to this year's Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Over the years, Alex has stayed involved with Walker Model Congress as a delegate, vice-chair, and volunteer, but this will be his first time chairing a WMC committee. When Alex isn't writing third person biographies about himself, he enjoys playing tennis and wearing sweaters. At school, Alex is a member of Model UN and Russian Club, two ways to explore his love for diplomacy and Putin. He has no doubt this will be a great committee, and eagerly awaits working with the delegates and his all-too-friendly co-chair, Josh Pei.


House Committee: Homeland Security


EMAIL: wmc2018.homelandsec@gmail.com

meet your chairs


Emily dai

Emily Dai, a junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, looks forward to chairing the Homeland Security committee. Since freshman year, Emily has been involved with Model UN and starting this year, she became involved with Model Congress. In addition to Walker Model Congress, Emily enjoys making art, running track, studying history, and volunteering for the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation


Megan bale

Megan Bale is a junior at Maggie Walker, and loves running track and baking. Be warned: she makes puns all the time, and will more than likely make several throughout the conference. Megan participated in WMC as a middle schooler, and is excited to chair the Homeland Security committee this year and to share her love for law and government studies.