Racine Unified juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a great opportunity to get a real-world look at how democracy works.
In a written release, State Senators Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) and John Lehman (D-Racine) urge students in both Kenosha and Racine counties to apply to the Senate Scholars program.
The Senate Scholars program is accepting applications for the 2013 program for students who have an interest in government and how bills move through the process to becoming a law.
During their week-long adventure in Madison, students will take part in workshops, talk to legislative leaders, draft a bill and argue their points on the Senate floor.
Applications are due by April 1 and can be found here: www.senatescholar.com
Here is the full press release :
State Senators Bob Wirch (D-Somers) and John Lehman (D-Racine) announced today that the Wisconsin State Senate will be accepting applications for the 2013 Senate Scholar program.
High school juniors and seniors with an interest in representative democracy are encouraged to apply for an upcoming week-long, intensive program in Madison. Thirty-three students statewide seeking admission to the highly competitive and rewarding program will be invited to participate this spring.
Over the course of the week successful Senate Scholars have the opportunity to gain experience in policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation.
The Senate Scholar Program’s rigorous curriculum is two-fold. First the students are introduced to many facets of the legislative process. They meet with legislative support agencies, legislative staff, the Governor’s staff, a Supreme Court Justice, the media, lobbyists and University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members. The students then have the opportunity to put their knowledge into action and the week’s events culminate in a Senate Scholar committee hearing on a bill that the students have drafted.
Applications for the Senate Scholar Program are due April 1.
Senator Lehman and Senator Wirch urge interested students in Racine and Kenosha counties to visit www.senatescholar.com for additional information regarding the program. The Senators will also be contacting high schools in their districts regarding the program.