This March, junior Mara M., attended the annual Wisconsin State Senate Program, sponsored by our state government to encourage high school students to be involved and to learn more about the state. Mara applied for the program January 2014 after hearing about the opportunity from the daily announcements. In order to get chosen to attend this prestigious program, Mara had to take a mini quiz that varied from what type of cheese is made in WI, to legendary court cases decided in the state, write a short essay discussing possible outcomes, and receive a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
Out of the hundreds of applicants, only 33 students are chosen to attend one of the three set weeks to attend. Mara was notified about her acceptance in late January, and attended the program from March 9-14th in Madison, WI.
While attending the program, Mara had the exciting opportunity to visit the governors mansion, listen to discussions held by lobbyists, news media, and the legislature, and ask questions about different careers that support a state government.
To finish the program, the students had to execute a mock committee hearing that discussed the issues of tanning.
By attending the program, Mara had the honor of meeting Senator Lazich, the representative of District 28, which includes Milwaukee, along with a certificate for completing the week long curriculum. She also received a copy of the Wisconsin Blue Book, which lists those currently in office and the history of Wisconsin, even getting it signed by Senator Lazich herself.
Mara describes the experience as, “more than anything you can get in a classroom setting, learning about how the government works and also the diversity of the various Senators representing Wisconsin.”
If you want to apply for this program next year, listen to the announcements next January, or visit, http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/scc/ssp/senatescholar.asp